My father came to this country as an immigrant over 50 years ago with only twenty dollars in his pocket. My grandfather was a police officer and when my father was 2 years old he lost his dad in the line of duty. His mother was left a widow with a young child to raise. They had a small coffee shop which did not make much money and so they struggled for most of his childhood.
My grandmother remarried and had 4 children from her second husband. Unfortunately, he passed away from a heart attack leaving 4 young children no older than 7 years old when my father was 16. At that time my father’s country of origin would sponsor one student who scored the highest on their high school exit exam the opportunity to study in the United States, that year it was my father. He came with barely any money and struggled with my mother for many years while studying and trying to support his mother and 4 children back home. The local church provided furniture for their home, they were supported by organizations that donated food, and basically lived on the kindness of others in the community.
My father was able to change his life and our families but could not have done it without the generosity of others along the way from his country sponsoring him to all the donations they received in order to live. I joined this organization because the compassion my father taught me. Till this day he donates his time, money, anything he can to help another person. The San Clemente Junior Woman’s Club allows me to be a part of an organized group of women that achieve so many great deeds throughout the year. I am honored to be among some of these beautiful people.