Help Me Help Them

Hi. My name is Ben. For the non-readers out there, this is the straight to the point version. I saw a family of six on a street corner and decided I wanted to try to help them. The longer, Final Destination-esque version of the story goes like this. Due to this pandemic I, like far too many Americans, find myself without a job. I started doing Door Dash as a way to keep my bills paid. Unfortunately, Door Dash is hard on a car. Subsequently my car has pretty bad suspension issues. The front passenger side has a blown strut, broken sway bar link and a very bald tire. That week, I borrowed my mom's car until I could at least make enough to replace the two front tires. One night, I noticed one of the headlights on mom's car would flicker on and off. Eventually it stopped working altogether due to a short inside the headlight housing. Not realizing how the lights are grounded, I tried to wire a work-a-round and ended up shorting out both lights. That put me in a position where I could only drive during the day until I could buy two new headlight assemblies for mom's car. That brings me to Saturday, October 3, 2020. I had called my dash quits around 6:00pm. I was on my way back to the house when a friend called. I did not answer because I did not want to risk a "distracted driving" ticket. Sure enough, two police cars drove by a few seconds after in the opposite direction and definitely would have seen me on the phone. I pulled into a parking lot and called my friend to tell him how close I came to getting a ticket because of him. As I drove out of the parking lot after the call, I saw a man, his wife and four small children. The oldest could not have been older than 12. Despite needing to get home before dark, I turned around and went to speak with them as you can see in the video. He was a really nice guy named Antonio. In my rush to get home before dark, I did not find out what circumstances lead him to be on a corner with his family hoping for the kindness of others. I told him that in my current situation, I could not help them directly, but I would do what I could with this GoFundMe campaign. While dashing in the same area the following Saturday, I saw them again in the same spot. If you live near the downtown Brea, CA area and would like to help them directly, they spend their afternoons on the corner of Imperial Highway and Gateway Center (the light between Berry and Brea Blvd on Imperial) behind Taco Bell. I have never set up a GoFundMe before so I am not sure how all of this works. I set the goal at $1500 and hope to raise that within two weeks. It is not much money and I don't know how much it will help Antonio and his family, but maybe that little could go a long way.


  • Landon Taylor 
    • $10 
    • 3 mos


Benjamin Gray 
La Mirada, CA
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