Help Mrs Sanchez help her husband
$19,152 of $5,000 goal
Let me tell you a story before I ask you for a huge favor. Walmart - Orem 8:00 PM. Outside Temperature: 28F.
As I walk in I notice an old lady pushing a huge cart towards a bench, as I walk out 15 minutes later, she was still at the same place looking at her receipt, I walk towards her to ask if she needed assistance carrying her groceries, she politely declined with a smile on her face, saying she had no car to take the groceries to (all in Spanish). I, then, asked her; how are you going to get home? - I usually just wait outside for someone to give me a ride or I'll start walking home. This lady is nearly 70 years old. We promptly told her I could take her home. While in the car we asked her several questions that broke my heart and made see life differently, this event marked me.. perhaps for life.
I'll save you all of the things we talked about and focus on the important things that broke my heart, and will most likely break yours.
- She's 76 years old.
- She came to the US alone and has no family here.
- The reason why she came is because her husband of more than 30 years is sick and they couldn't afford to pay for his bills in Mexico.
- Her income solely relies on selling tamales, which pay for her living here and providing for her husband.
- When I met her she was wearing less warm clothes than I have during a chill summer night.
- She takes the bus every week to walmart to buy ingredients for her tamales and hopes to find a ride home.
- She preps/cooks her tamales for 2 days to sell only on Wednesday and Thursday because she has no other transportation to do it any other day.
- Gets up at 6 am to get ready to sell her tamales and does NOT go home until she has sold all of them.
That's what I learned from her that day, despite of this she was very humble and positive about life. I dropped her off, she thanked us a million times, I hugged her and kissed her and promised to help her in anything I could.
I got in my car and I couldn't help it but cry, here I was sometimes complaining of my stressful job with the long hours and here I met a hard-working, beautiful lady working her butt off to help the love of her life, working almost a 12 hrs+ shift to make less than you would at a fast food place.
Yesterday we wen't to visit her, now when she said she sold her tamales at 800 N 800 W. Provo, I thought it was one of those places where people get together to sell food or stuff, like a "pulga" or a food truck place. No. This was just a corner that she sat at for 12 hrs in snow or no snow, with a small sign that says tamales $1.35. When I got there it was 7pm and there she was in the middle of nowhere, with no visible light on the street, you would not notice her if you were not looking for her, I asked her with a knot on my throat, why aren't you selling them at the Smith's parking lot? to which she replied, they kick me out.
I could not believe this situation, I have helped people before, yes the ones holding signs that are young and ask for money, I've bought them food for the mere reason that I'm afraid they will use the money for something else, but I have never experienced something like this, it is just a heartbreaking story. I asked her in the car, why don't you ask your bishop for help, and she said she doesn't really need help that she believes there are other people who may benefit from it better than she would.
After I told her I wanted 10 tamales, her next reaction surprised me, she gave me 13, "te doy tu peloncito", I'll give you some extra. This lady is someone I look up to now, hard-working, generous and so devoted. She misses her husband greatly but necessity has her here. She still hasn't lost faith, she volunteers at the Provo temple and attends Sunday service.
I apologize for the long post, but I wanted you to have some insight of what she's going through. The favor that I ask each one of you is to please go see her and buy her delicious tamales, you won't regret it and if for some reason you can't please share this post for other people in your contacts to be aware of her, I guarantee you once you come see her she will receive you with a warm smile.
I'm creating a gofundme.com account for those of you who don't live in Utah that may want to help this beautiful lady out. Once again thanks for reading this and remember our good deeds will ripple around the world, hoy por ti maniana por mi. God bless.
I posted this message on Facebook on Thursday 17th, many people went to buy some tamales from her and she sold out within hours, the generosity of people have amazed me, our original intention were to help her out as much as we could, but all of us can do so much more for her. I'm creating this account on her behalf as she speaks no English. Once we reach our goal I will make a video when we give her the check, I want to thank all of you who have helped like/share this message to help our new friend Mrs Sanchez. I'm doing this for her as a surprise, just yesterday she was amazed at how fast her tamales sold (usually she stays past 7 and has a few left) but by 430 they were all gone, thanks to social networking the word spread and she went home early, all of this without her knowing. The picture of this post is not her but that's exactly how she looks, as I said I will add a video of her when I give her the money, if you'd like to see our story go to: https://www.facebook.com/treici.salazar
Sorry for the extra long message, and if you're ever in Provo come taste her delicious tamales and meet the sweetest person I've met so far.
Thanks. God Bless.
I also wanted to apologize for those of you who had reached out to me to help another fellow in need but at the time I was really busy, throughout this journey I've got to see so many people who truly deserve another chance, at times I've felt sad that I couldn't help them and disappointed that we can't help everyone but it's better to help someone than no one right?
For the month of March we'd like to start on a second project, please submit the person or family in need you feel truly deserves the help, I personally like helping the elderly or infants but every case will be reviewed. If you know someone in need please PM (private message) me. We are hoping to change 12 lives this year.
Thanks and have a great weekend.
Please read, thanks.
I made a donation to go to Mrs. Sanchez, not for the $ to be controlled in a trust. Read your original request and if you're not going to give Mrs. Sanchez all of the donated $ then you ought to give it back to the donors with Mrs. Sanchez's address so that we can send the $ to her! PLAIN & SIMPLE!
I hate to be a cynic, but how do we know this money will get to this lady? I bought her tamales last week. She had a super warm down coat, hat, gloves and blanket. She's been doing this for a couple of years. If you want to help go buy her tamales.and leave a generous tip. If you want to help further call Provo police and check out her story and the story of the person setting up this fund. If he checks out that's great - and we will know if she stops selling her tamales on the corner. Provo police are some of her best customers!
Gabriela would you like to take back what you said? Ask her again. Next time don't judge if you have no idea. Thank you to everyone who donated please follow Tracy on Facebook updates are on there!! :)
I read more from below and saw the updates. Thanks!
Thsnks for the update. Did i miss the post about giving her the money?
thank you for all your hard work , I am curious how the story ended or is going to end
I, Consuelito Sanchez, want to inform everyone that the new address is 238w 100s Provo Utah not 238w 100s Freedom Blvd Provo Utah.
Yo Consuelito Sanchez estoy informan dolos que la nueva dirrecion es 238w 100s Provo Utah no es 238w 100s Freedom Blvd Provo Utah.
Everyone Consuelo is now selling her tamales at a new location. The city has moved her due to permit problems but she has had some help from great people and is now selling at 238 w 100 s Provo. Someone has let her borrow a food truck to sell her tamales with out any problems. Please go by and support her by buying her tamales. At the moment she has not received any money that was donated. Consuelo tells me her sales have gone down ever since she moved and she is worried. Please once again go buy her tamales.. Thank you!!
Amen to Andres Silva and Jacque Woolley's comments. I donated and feel good about donating and leave it at that. You should not donate if you're going to have bad feelings about it. $19k+ should not just be handed over to her. I wholeheartedly agree with Jacque, find out the details of her husband and get proof of medical bills. "Help her help her husband" and do this by paying his medical bills. A big THANK YOU to Tracy & Olympia for all the time you're donating. I will continue to help support Mrs. Sanchez by going to the address she listed below to buy tamales. This should help so that she doesn't have to work as much and help her immediate needs.
Essential: The name of her husband's medical provider (debtor), the name of the medical facilities also owed funding, the name of the bishop in her home area and his contact information (phone number, email address, etc), the names of her closest family members, where she lives here, with whom, how she got to Utah and how long she will stay here, will she return to her ailing husband when his bills are paid, proof of debts (hospital bills, etc), what part of Mexico is she from, etc etc etc. This smells fishy and if it's NOT, then let's help her pay off the bill and let her return to her family. I'm serious. This has happened in the past with people we know from Ecuador and the Philippines. Where is the proof? When the proof of this lady's story comes forward, she's able to go through channels in the Church if she's LDS. If not, there are likely charities that we can assist her with, including International United Way. She shouldn't be given any cash for her husband's medical bills. She needs to be helped with the direct debtors, etc. Contact me if you need help establishing this. Transfers to banks/facilities in Mexico are fairly easy and if it's an actual hospital, let's find out where and pay them down. REPEAT: DO NOT GIVE THIS LADY THIS MONEY!!!
Mrs Sanchez is not legal right? I don't think there are too many choices other than quietly give her the cash. Maybe you could get the medical bills and pay them off for her since the header is "Help Mrs Sanchez help her husband". I don't think you should call the news people and make a big scene, just give her some strong advice not to tell anyone and then let her decide. You can't buy her a food truck how would she register it? I am wondering how long it takes for a group to decide. Why not ask Mrs Sanchez what would be best for her? If she needs the bills paid, pay the bills and give her what is left.
I, Consuelito Sanchez, am very grateful to all who have donated. I ask my heavenly father to bless all of you with many blessings for the great charity that you have all done for me. But so far I have not received any donations from anybody and I would like to inform everyone that I will be selling my tamales at the following address below due to the city regulations. I will be selling my tamales at 238 w 100 s Freedom Blvd in Provo, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please come by and continue buying my tamales at the address provided above. Thanks everybody and many blessings for all of you that helped. Sincerely, Consuelito Sanchez
Yo Consuelito Sanchez estoy muy agradecida con todas las personas que han donado para mi. Le pido a mi padre celestial que sean colmados de bendiciones por su gran caridad que han hecho para mi. Pero hasta este momento no a recibido las donaciones de ustedes y yo les aviso que voy a vender mis tamales en la dirrecion abajo. A causa de las regulaciones de la ciudad de Provo voy estar en 238 w 100 s Freedom Blvd in Provo, Los mircoles y jueves. Por favor vengan a comprarme mi tamales a qui. Gracias Consuelito Sanchez Muchas bendiciones a todos ustedes
For those of you who are saying just give her the money. Very understandable. It seems like it is a bad thing that Tracy is now saying what she can and can't do with the money we have all given. The thing is what most people don't understand is that more then likely this kind women very well might five all she has to her family in mexico and she will end up in the exact same spot where she started. cold and on the corner trying to earn enough money just to get by day to day. It is a very common thing for Latin families to take care of each other. If a member of the family is in the U.S.A they are thought of as rich and will be asked for money all the time. I'm not trying to be rude about this but it is what it is. When people learn that this lady has received a large amount of money she will be open for the asking not only to her family but friends and neighbors as well along with charities and people who will flat out take advantage of her. From what I've read about this women she is a very giving person. I don't think she stands a chance once people start asking for her money. and they will. The fact the Tracy has metioned trying to keep the money in the US with her means that he knows also the chances of her giving all the money away is very great. He was trying to get just 5000 for her, but has almost gotten 19,000! The is a huge differents ! One that i think took them by surprise and now they are trying to figure things out. I gave what i could, I wanted to help Mrs Sanchez I would be a bit sad if it got spend on someone other then herself and she ended up not benefiting from any f this. Wouldn't you? Tracy and Olimpia I bet it is frustrating to be getting rude comments and have people questioning you all the time on this kind thing you are trying to do, but remember if i might be so bold to say keep your heads. You now have a lot of money from a lot of people. people are going to be worried. I know you didn't expect this to be so big but it is and you're in charge of it. It does not look good to anyone to see you fighting with people and are worried about where the money is going to go. Don't let it get to you and if it does, don't broad cast it on here as it will only make more people worried about who they sent their money to. I applaud what you guy are doing for this women. Your are the drives of this whole thing, you are going to have to give answers to people who are worried about your intentions that's just how it is. Don't give them anymore reason to worry because you lost your tempers. Best of luck to you guys with this whole thing it truly is a noble thing to do.
Stan check the updated messages there is a nice response in there for you :)
These aren't Fast Offerings Andres and Tracy is not her Bishop. Big difference!
I know Consuelo, And it's sad that this is happening to her. If only my country and the people that are in the power could take care of the mexicans this wouldn't have happened to Consuelo. Right now my father is working so he can take care of us (his family). But the salary is miserable here. I hope one day we'll be back in the u.s.a. God bless America.
I think the cause is great, and I'm happy to give. But the idea that you're going to lord the money over her head and in paternalistic fashion decide how it's used - is total bullshit. Just give her the money. You did a good thing, and now you're souring it.
The comments of "where the money goes" probably are a bit too intrusive. In my opinion, we should not give and hold on to the money given with a thread. It is not ours anymore, we have given it away. I don't think it is something of a good nature to give and manage. We can trust the person who created the fund to find a good way to gift this money to this lady but let's not taint our donations with questions about the integrity of those who receive the money. Or for you LDS people, do you go back and ask your bishop what tithing and fast offerings went to? and if it is not a satisfactory answer, take back what you donated? Didn't think so. Let this good cause stay a good cause and do not ask what others do with "their" money. Our boy here is doing what he can to make this work out. :D