Melissa Gives Because...
I give because I have been given help in the past.
When I was a young, working single mom more than 20 years ago, folks from an agency (not sure which one) stopped by my home with all the ingredients needed for a holiday dinner. At the same time, a person dressed as Santa Claus dropped off some wrapped presents for my little boy (as it turns out, it was the bulk of what he received that year because we did not have a lot of disposable income). To this day, I do not know who initiated that visit, but I have always been grateful, and it still makes me emotional to think of it. I will never forget the generosity bestowed upon us by strangers, at just the right moment in time. #thankful
--Melissa R. Martinez, Program Coordinator Senior, Hispanic Center of Excellence