On Sunday, November 10, 2013 my dad's truck was stolen while he was visiting with my sisters in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I know vehicles get stolen every second of every day and it's unfortunate that this occurs. But this particular theft hits home in a big way.
If you've ever had the opportunity to meet my dad, you'd be glad you did. He is the nicest, genuine, most down to earth person you'd ever meet. He'd give the shirt off his back to help a stranger. I've witnessed countless occasions where my dad has gone out of his way to help friends and family with whatever they needed. On top of being a great guy to know my dad has been a steadfast role model of what a husband and father should be.
He and my mom have been married 33 years. They've raised 5 children, all who they helped put through college. He's worked construction his whole life, taking jobs where ever he could get them so he could put food on the table, clothes on our backs and a roof over our head. He provided us with everything we needed growing up no matter what the cost. Near or far, if there was a job to do my dad would do it, no complaints.
In the early 2000's, my dad had worked his way up in a solid company. He worked close to home, had a company truck and was home every night. Then in 2008 the economy went down, the construction industry was hit hard and my dad was laid off. He didn't have a choice on what to do, so he began working out of town again, taking jobs where ever the work was. Still, no complaints. It's been 5 years and he is still working out of town when the job calls. My dad is at the age where most men think about retiring. But still he continues to work, because there are still things that he needs to do and pay for.
Earlier this fall my dad took a series of jobs in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The money from this job would help offset some upcoming expenses, one of them being my sister's wedding. These couple of jobs would last about 3-4 months and would require him to be there the whole time. He hauled a trailer up to Albuquerque and is staying in a trailer park there while the job is done. He left in late September and he had made it home once, to be at my sister's wedding shower and left the day after to go back to work.
This last weekend a couple of my sisters took a road trip to New Mexico to see my dad. Naturally he was overjoyed to hear that they were coming up to see him. So he planned a day trip for all of them to go on a train ride from Albuquerque to Santa Fe. Sunday when they got back from Santa Fe, they arrived at the train station to find my dad's truck gone, it was stolen.
Now this might not seem like a big deal because this happens every day, right? Well, my dad didn't have full coverage on his truck. So, the insurance company can't reimburse him for the value of the truck. Now that he doesn't have a truck, he can't get around from job to trailer. Not having truck also means that he can't tow his trailer back home when that time comes. He told me today that he rented a vehicle for the time being, but he has no long term plan on what to do. Obviously, he needs another vehicle and frankly, he can't afford it and neither can our family. Today, when he told me what happened, I was so full of emotions I couldn't say much. I couldn't believe that this could've happened. Right when my sister is getting married, right when he needs to come home for the holidays. As I was struggling for something to say to help, all I could find was "I'm sorry, dad". His response was, "Well son, this stuff happens. Not much you can do about it and getting mad ain't gonna help either. Something will come up." That was it, that was all my dad had to say. He kept the same calm and cool demeanor he's had through every rough situation, no gripes, no complaints, nothing.
As I got off the phone with him, I was filled with a sense of loss and grief for my dad. I began to think what I could do to help out. Obviously if I had the money, I'd buy him a new truck. But I don't and I can't. Then I remembered a news story a few weeks ago, where a fundraiser was set up for a family who lost its home. The fundraiser was posted on Facebook and other social networking sites and it spread like wildfire. The fundraiser raised enough money for the family's new home and then some. I've never done something like this before and I don't know how far this would go. But I thought if anyone saw this site and message it might spread around the web and folks could donate a dollar or two to help out a man that's helped so many.
If you can spare a few bucks and minute of your time, please help my dad get another truck and lighten the load on him for the holidays. He's done so much for so many people and I think it'd be great if a bit if good was done for him.
Thanks for the time,
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