Assistance Falls into Place to Help Family of Eight Days Before Christmas
It was a few days before Christmas and it was not looking bright for the Montemayor family. Pablo Montemayor works hard but the money he makes only covers the necessities for his family of eight. As he watched the local evening news, he heard that The Salvation Army was distributing gifts to families in need for Christmas. The next day, he rounded up his wife and six children, ages 4 to 17, and drove to the nearest Salvation Army location to see if they could receive assistance.
At the Northwest Corps Community Center, it was the final day of distribution and a staff member was outside directing traffic of the families picking up their Angel Tree bags when she met Pablo. Moved by his efforts, and with the officer’s blessing, she asked the family to come back the following day for some items from the toy reserve. It would not be much but she wanted to offer them something.
Fire Department to the Rescue
That same day, the Northwest Corps was getting ready to close for the day when a fire official with the Cypress Creek Fire Department walked in and asked if the Corps would accept a fire truck’s worth of toy donations. They did and the Corps now had a classroom filled with about a hundred toys! When the Montemayor family returned the following day, the children were able to personally pick out toys and stuffed animals from the items the fire station had donated.
Meant to be
When Angel Tree registration closes in October, families who reach out afterwards are referred to the United Way’s helpline in order to be connected with non-profit organizations who are still registering for Christmas assistance. But sometimes things just fall into place and are meant to be, just like it did with the Montemayor family.
As for Pablo Montemayor and his family, they were overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness they received that Friday before Christmas. His message to everybody who donated to the Angel Tree program, “Thank you for putting a smile on children’s faces and especially for the help you give parents through these donations. We are very grateful.”