Mother who lived in truck with kids after fire feels blessed

Action 4's Ryan Wolf asks Sara Montiel what she's feeling inside.

The Weslaco Inn along Business 83 is home to Sara Montiel.

A small room with 2 beds has been a blessing for Sara who takes care of her daughter and small grandson.

They used to live in Sara's truck after a fire destroyed their mobile home.

It happened on July 5th at approximately 3:30 in the afternoon.

Her 23-year-old daughter and 2-year-old grandson were inside the trailer home at the time.

They thankfully made it out unharmed.

But everything inside their home is gone.

The community has since rallied to help Sara get back on her feet, including Norma Silva, who recently learned of her friend's tragedy and wanted to Pay it 4Ward

"It broke my heart when I found out what had happened to you," Norma told Sara. "Action 4 News has this program called Pay it 4Ward. As soon as I found out about that, I nominated you. You were the first thing that crossed into my mind. I know this money will be helpful for you in this time of need. I know that you need it to get back on your feet. I would like to Pay it 4Ward."

Bill Jones with FNB Insurance Agency provides cash for the Pay it 4Ward prize.

"We heard about your situation and we're very sorry for your loss," Bill told Sara. "I want you to know on behalf of Action 4 News and FNB Insurance, we'd like to help you out in some small way."

Sara is handed $400.She immediately starts to tear up.

Action 4's Ryan Wolf asks her what she's feeling inside. "You look emotional," he said. "This must mean a lot to you?"

"I'm so happy," she said. "I thank God that you guys came along and have this program."

The money and support gives Sara renewed hope and strength for the future.

At one time I thought I was just giving up but people came around and helped me out," she explained. "Don't give up. Just put your head up and just look forward and don't look back at what happened."

They're encouraging words from a mother who's learned first-hand how good can come even during trying times.

"Pay it 4Ward," Sara said.

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