Sat, 21 Jul 2012 04:07:15 GMT — A Mission mom believes a chance encounter with a man at a store has changed her family's life for the better. Monce Ramirez has been struggling lately. She's a single mother without a job. But about a month ago she met somebody holding a fundraiser to help families with back to school supplies. Monce says meeting Carlos Cabrera has given her new hope. She turned to Action 4 News to Pay it 4Ward. Carlos is asked to come to Monce's apartment as a way to say thanks for his selfless acts of kindness. She gives him a cake and a special card. But little does Carlos know, Action 4's Ryan Wolf is waiting in the hallway to surprise him with the $400 Pay it 4Ward prize. Ryan: But wait that's not all! Hello there. I'm Ryan Wolf with Action 4 News. You must be Carlos. In addition to the card and the cake, Monce wanted to tell you just how special you really are. Monce: You've been checking up on me, bringing me food... You know I have been going through a hard time and I appreciate everything that you do. This is my way of showing you since I can't repay you... On behalf of Pronto Insurance and Action 4 News... Here's $400 to Pay it 4Ward." Carlos: I don't know... I'm speechless. I don't think I can even accept this. I've been working really hard to try and get them some food, clothes for their kids for school. It's really hard for them and it's hard for me. I'm not a rich person by any means." Carlos is a devout Jehovah's Witness from Weslaco. He says giving back is in his nature. "There's a lot of people in the Valley that need help," he said. "It's not just them. Anybody that's in a position to help can do something about it. I encourage them to do it, you know." One way that Carlos helps out is by pushing for donations at community events he heads up with his business called Model Citizen Promotions. MCP held one in Mission last month called Summer Movie Mania at the Border Theater. The Weslaco man raised money at the event for back to school supplies. He says at least 10 families will receive help. Monce will be one of the recipients. Carlos says he'll never forget something she told him at the event where they played movies and served cupcakes. "That night she said her son had the cupcakes for dinner," he explained. "I couldn't believe that. How could someone in the Valley, living in the United States just eat a cupcake for dinner, you know." Every since then, Carlos has taken Monce's family under his wings. He's provided them with food, toiletries and text messages of support to Monce. "It's been a blessing to have you just checking up, even if I don't need it," she said. "Just checking... hey do you need food... do you need anything for your house? In these hard times, not a lot of people do that... I wanted to find a way to somehow repay you." Pronto Insurance explains how the $400 prize will help Pay it 4Ward. "At Pronto Insurance we're very proud to present this pre-paid MasterCard," Domingo Reyna said. "You can use this anywhere you want. You can even open a savings account. That's $400 just for you." Carlos is overcome with joy and emotion. "The feeling that you get back, there's no words to describe it," he said. "There's no words to describe it." Monce says they have a new bond built on faith and friendship. It's one more way to Pay it 4Ward. Carlos will be holding another back to school fundraising event on August 25th at 7pm. It TMll be held once again at the Border Theater in Mission. If more information on the event or how to help, contact Carlos via email at: CARLOSCABRERA@LIVE.COMClick here to join Ryan Wolf TMs Facebook PageClick here to follow Ryan Wolf on TwitterClick here to nominate somebody for the Pay it 4Ward prize
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