Teen says there was miscommunication over Facebook post for Karissa Gates fundraiser

Jada Piacentina says she is only trying to help

SAN DIEGO - A teen who organized a fundraiser via Facebook in honor for a girl who died of cancer told Team 10 she is only trying to help.

Jada Piacentina said she did not know 16-year-old Karissa Gates that well but was inspired to raise money for her funeral expenses after learning of Karissa's death.

Jada set up a Facebook page that asks for donations to help the Gates family pay for their daughter's funeral.

However, Karissa's mother said she did not know Jada and expressed concerns about the fundraiser.

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Jada and her mother told Team 10 the ordeal has been a big miscommunication, and Jada said she was in contact with Karissa's sister and father.

"We want to collect as many donations as we can and help this family and have the best funeral we can for this girl. I really feel the need to do this in my heart," said Jada.

Jada said she is holding a toy drive at a hair salon for Rady Children's Hospital in honor of Karissa and collecting money for the funeral.

The event will be held Sunday, Dec. 15, at It's Time hair salon at 5210 Linda Vista Road from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Gates family asks that any donations be made straight to Bishop Mortuary in Karissa Gates' name.

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