Woman breaks down crying after 'once-in-a-lifetime' surprise
Fri, 08 Nov 2013 04:48:27 GMT —
Carol Pena said her property manager, April Hinojosa, is one-of-a-kind.
She points to her tireless work to raise money for a co-worker who died Monday, less than six months after his cancer diagnosis.
FNB Insurance Agency and Action 4 News teamed up to Pay it 4Ward.
The surprise takes place inside J.M. Moffitt Real Estate office on Pecan Boulevard in McAllen.
It's there where a desk sits undisturbed.
This is where "Charlie" Garza worked for 14 years until his untimely passing Monday from cancer.
The 41-year-old leaves behind a wife and two children.
His co-workers call him a legend.
"There will never be another guy like him," April said.
"Charlie" is described as the type of person who would always go the extra mile for his residents as a property manager, especially the elderly.
"He would go and change their light bulbs, take out their trash. He did so much beyond what he needed to do," April said.
When diagnosed with cancer in May, the staff rallied behind "Charlie" and his family by raising thousands of dollars with plate sales.
Spearheading the fundraising efforts, even to this day, is April who's surprised by a resident at Moffitt Real Estate.
"You went beyond what any co-worker does," Carol Pena said. "You treat us like family. You helped someone when you didn't have to. You took him in. And from the beginning as soon as he was diagnosed you went and helped him. And you still continue to help him and his family."
Both of them become emotional and embrace with a hug.
"It's all of us," April said. "Everyone here helped our friend 'Charlie' out. Everybody. Our residents. Our employees. Everybody."
Carol interjects by saying, "But you did a lot." She then adds while crying, "You got it all going for him. And I want to Pay it 4Ward to you."
Karen Gonzalez with FNB Insurance Agency is standing by to award the Pay it 4Ward prize.
"We want to spread the message that people need to help people," she said. "So we're very happy and proud to be able to Pay it 4Ward to you. So please put out your hand. Here is 100, 200, 300, 400 dollars."
April said she always gives from the heart.
And she knows exactly how to honor her friend "Charlie" once again.
"I Pay it 4Ward to his family," she said immediately after receiving the money.
Charlie will be laid to rest Friday, Nov. 8th.
Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. at Funeraria Del Angel Chapel in Mission.
Interment will follow to Valley Memorial Gardens in Mission.