Elderly woman who lends money to needy gets surprise repayment

Elderly woman receives prize

Sanjuanita Handy is one of the first in the Rio Grande Valley to be awarded the Pay it 4Ward prize for her lasting impact on kids as a teacher in Weslaco.

"Thank you, I don't know what to say," she said while crying back in February 2012. "I've never gotten anything like this before. Thank you."

Sanjuanita says she has never forgotten how that surprise nomination made her feel.

But it also made her think about the people who have made a difference in her life.

Now she wants to give back and Pay it 4Ward to a woman who's changed her world.

But it won't be easy.

"Oh my Lord!" Delia Garza said while trying to run back in her home. "Forget it."

It turns out the surprise recipient is camera shy.

Sanjuanita met Delia at a Weslaco church in 2005.

The two are both widows.

Delia lives with her daughter who has special needs.

She continues to work even in her 70's and has been the rock for Sanjuanita during rough times.

"You have always been there for me when I needed someone," she told Delia after cornering her near a car outside her home. "You've always been there for me at the end of the month when I have no more money left. You never ask questions. You've always been there to help me out, to bail me out when I need money for my daughter in college. You've always been there to listen to me. You've always had a shoulder for me to cry on. On behalf of FNB Insurance and Action 4 News, I want to Pay it 4Ward."

Sanjuanita asks Delia to put out her hand.

But before she could hand over the $400 Pay it 4Ward prize, Delia pulls her hand away.

"No, no, no!" Delia said.

It's all a little too much for her.

Delia admits she's never been thanked in this way.

"Oh my God," she said with a tear in her eyes. "I don't know. I don't know. Tears are coming out. I don't know Ryan."

"It makes you feel good, huh?" Action 4's Ryan Wolf asked.

"Yea," she responded.

Karen Gonzalez with FNB Insurance Agency provides the cash for kindness as a Pay it 4Ward partner.

"We want the Valley to hear about your story and hopefully be inspired by your selfless acts of kindness," Karen, agency spokeswoman said. "Congratulations."

Delia says she tries to help anyone who needs it, including people in the colonias who don't have enough money to bury loved ones.

"I don't know Ryan| because I just got this heart when everybody needs it, she said. I'm there for them."

It's her desire to do good that's makes our world a better place.

"Pay it 4Ward," Delia said.

Delia did not want to keep the money.

She says there are plenty of more deserving people who could use it.

Sanjuanita says don't be surprised to hear if she uses her prize to continue helping others.

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