Woman who organizes fundraisers and helps charities surprised with cash
A Brownsville woman who has dedicated her life to helping others gets quite the surprise for her selfless acts of kindness.
Veronica San Miguel works tirelessly for a number of charitable events and fundraisers year round.
FNB Insurance Agency and Action 4 News help to honor her community spirit in this week's Pay it 4Ward.
In order to pull off the Pay it 4Ward surprise, Veronica's friends have her meet at Lola's bakery on Palm Boulevard in Brownsville to talk about upcoming fundraising efforts.
Action 4's Ryan Wolf pretends to be on a Food 4 Thought shoot when he arrives.
The manager is on the surprise.
Veronica watches the fake interview unfold as the camera begins to approach her table.
"What if I told you this has nothing to do with the inspection report here?" Ryan Wolf said. "I'm actually here because of you."
"Not me," Veronica responded. "Why?"
Veronica's resume of selfless acts is nothing less than extraordinary.
From the American Cancer Society to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, this single mother of 3 dedicates who works full time for the Brownsville Independent School District uses her free time to help fundraise year round.
She's also involved in local fishing events for kids, blood and bone marrow drives and personally organizes events to benefit people with medical needs.
Perhaps nobody knows this more than her friend Lori Fulton who nominated her for the Pay it 4Ward prize.
"You do a charitable act almost on a daily basis, regardless if it's school related, work related, team and training related," Lori told her. "You inspire me on a daily basis. I just wanted to do something special for you. On behalf of FNB Insurance and Action 4 News, I want to Pay it 4Ward."
She hands Veronica $400 in cash.
"I'm very grateful," she said with a shocked look on her face. "Thank you very much. I'm feeling very grateful. I wasn't expecting anything like this. I was expecting to meet somebody for fundraising."
Veronica explains how she's spent her entire life trying to give back even as a kid.
"I just love helping people out in any way that I can," she said. "I don't expect anything in return. Whenever I do something it's just out of the goodness of my heart. I enjoy everything that I do even if it's helping children at the church, helping children at a school or helping someone get somewhere."
That's why Karen Gonzalez with FNB Insurance says she epitomizes what the Pay it 4Ward program is all about.
The agency provides the cash for kindness each week on Action 4 News.
"You are a super mom!" Karen said. "You do so much for your family and you do so much for the community. We thank you for that. And we're so proud to be able to Pay it 4Ward."
Veronica's advice to others in the community is to try and give from the heart and to always make time to listen to others.
She plans to use her Pay it 4Ward prize to help relax while on vacation in the upcoming days.