By: Francisco Diaz The Laredo Sun
In just five months there are 600 families registered for assistance and the list keeps growing.
"There is great need among veterans of our community and our goal is to get the resources to continue helping more. Many of them receive pensions and simply can not afford to eat," said Gigi Ramos, founder and president of this nonprofit organization.
To collect recourses, Ramos operates a bazaar type shop where she sells all kinds of new and used products. This activity gets 70% of the resources needed for the pantry program.
"The rest of the money we get is from donations from the community. There are good-hearted people who come to the store and support us to keep the monthly pantry program for these poor veterans," she said.
Ramos asked the community to donate new or used items that are no longer needed in their homes to put them on sale in the bazaar shop.
Products such as shoes, clothing that are in good condition, pots, furniture and toys are welcome.
"We provide the items at affordable prices and thus also help others who support their families reselling. We fulfill a double mission," said Ramos.
The charity shop is located on 1220 Salinas and is open from 9:00 am. For more information one can call (956) 717-2960.
ADOPT A FAMILY
Ramos also made mention of a special program called "Adopt a Family", which can help veterans and their families, assuring a food pantry each month.
"The godparents only have to pay $180 annually to ensure that a family receives food every month. We hope that many people decide to cooperate and thus help fight hunger among our veterans," she said.
Ramos also thanked the great support of the Food Bank of South Texas that is responsible for providing monthly pantries.