Before Christmas we shared stories from our employees who hand delivered gifts to needy members of our community. Two years ago, we kicked off Angels on the Streets. Our goal was to take the money we would have used to buy gifts for clients and, instead, infuse it into our communities and help those in need at this time of year.
This November, each Payday HCM employee received a $100 bill to give to someone who was less fortunate, totaling a contribution of around $6,000 to 60 people in the greater Albuquerque metro area.
We’ve asked employees to share some of their giving stories so we can experience the reactions of the recipients collectively as a company, and as members of our community. Here are some more stories from our 2015 Angels on the Streets team.
More Stories From Payday HCM’s Angels on the Streets 2015 Team
Jessica’s story: My son was worried about a family about to go on the streets.
I involved my kids in the decision of who to give the money to this year.
My 13 year-old, Damian, said he has a friend at school whose parents recently got divorced. His friend’s mom has been having a hard time finding a job, and the family is in danger of losing their home. My son felt that this money would really help them out. He was very worried about his friend ending up on the streets.
I met my son after school and we waited for his friend’s mother to arrive to pick him up. We surprised her with the envelope in the parking lot. I explained about Angels on the Streets and told her that it was my son’s idea to be her Angel this year.
She opened the envelope and tears filled her eyes. She hugged us both and just kept saying, “Thank you so much, you have no idea what this means to us.”
Edna’s story: Trying to find cough medicine they could afford.
My husband asked me to pick-up his prescription from Walmart on my way home. As I pulled into the parking lot I happened to notice a family (husband wife and two girls) parked nearby. The husband and wife appeared to be arguing or upset about something.
I saw the father again in the store and he was having a hard time choosing a children’s cough medicine while looking for the best one he could actually afford. I suggested one for him and we began to talk.
He said they were new to Albuquerque and had moved in with his mother-in-law. He was out of work and his wife had recently lost her job. He wasn’t happy about it but no use complaining, they had no other choice. He thanked me and started walk away.
I stopped him and told him about Payday’s Angels on the Streets. He seemed puzzled as to why I was telling about it and kept saying, “That’s real nice.” I then gave him the envelope. I think he thought it was just info about the program and again walked away.
I stopped him and asked him to open it. He was shocked and speechless, then kept saying “Thank you, thank you. You don’t know how much what this means to my family. God bless you.”
I felt really blessed to be able to give this gift to him and his family.
Felicia’ story: Their broken car left them stranded for the night.
A couple days before Thanksgiving I was filling up at the gas station on the corner of Cutler and San Mateo when a gentleman approached me with his son.
There was a tow truck picking up their vehicle in the gas station parking lot and he was very nervous and embarrassed to approach me but he said, “Ma’am, this is very weird for me. I’ve never had to do this before. My son and I are on our way to my mother’s in Texas. Our car broke down just a bit ago and it’s going to cost a lot of money. We don’t have enough money to stay the night in a hotel. Is there any way you can spare a couple of dollars?”
He didn’t look homeless, he genuinely looked like someone that encountered bad luck. His son was about 12 and was standing behind him, obviously embarrassed as well.
I thought it would be the perfect way to give the money away. I told him about Payday and Angels on the Streets and handed him the envelope. I told him to open it and he did and when he saw how much was in there he smiled so big and kept saying “I can’t believe it!”
He thanked me and I watched him and his son grab their stuff and walk across the street to the Motel 6 to rent a room for the night. His name was Joel and he was very thankful.
I feel good about where the money went and was so happy to get to be a part of something so cool.
Experience has proven that it is a true gift to hear each story. We want to share these stories with you, so please visit our website to hear the stories and podcast, and watch videos about the program.
Please consider joining us in giving to our community this way. Our goal is to collectively, along with the help of companies like yours, infuse $100,000 into the community to help individuals and families in great need during the holidays this year.
For more information visit: www.AngelsOnTheStreets.org.