Ana Perez

Story #24
Air Date: December 18, 2013

28-year-old Ana Perez collects and delivers donations for the homeless in San Bernardino, California. The homeless call her their “Green Eyed Angel” and look forward to seeing her.

Saturday mornings she gets started at 6 a.m. making burritos in her kitchen with her friend Christine Vasquez. Ana has done this weekly for the past 5 years. Ana moved to the bankrupt city of San Bernardino to be closer to the homeless community she helps.

She drives about 45 minutes to borrow her mom’s truck each weekend, loads it up with donations, and hands out items like clothes, food and toiletries to dozens of homeless men and women at different stops throughout San Bernardino. Each person she helps tells Ana how thankful they are. Ana does this all on a shoe-string budget saving $20 whenever she can and sacrificing her own personal needs.

Ana’s dream is to get a hitch for her mom’s truck and provide the homeless with a portable shower since they are always telling her they really want a shower.

5-hour ENERGY surprised Ana with a check for $50,000. She immediately started crying. It will help her get a truck so she can continue her mission to help the homeless and bring her one step closer to her dream of providing them with a portable shower.

To donate to Ana go to:
http://sticksofzarephath.org/

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12 Responses to Ana Perez

  1. robin keener December 20, 2013 at 7:25 am #

    that is a wonderful thing she is doing. i only wish there were more people like her in this world.

    • Ember December 24, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

      I know what it was like to be homeless. When I was homeless, it was a time of joy if we even got a bit of change from what we called Spanging *asking for Spare Change* (PS that is illegal, please do not think I condone it) and if we got socks AMAZING, even though they did not last very long, but they kept us comfortable (as comfortable as you can get sleeping on a hard floor or ground, and walking around all day to keep from being arrested for loitering.) Some times we would think that being arrested would be easier, a shelter, and meals, not to mention some what what of a bed.

    • Reverend Steve December 31, 2013 at 11:30 pm #

      You’re a start. Lets do it together!!!

      • Reverend Steve December 31, 2013 at 11:35 pm #

        sorry I I uhhh was commenting on another post…uh sorry, BUT… I know alot of homless people. and the stories they tell/told. I was asked to spend the night as a homeless person. My friend asked me to do this. I did, and I learned the meaning of “needy” LONG ago.
        Every year, I spend 1 night on the streets. and give what I can to anyone in need.

  2. Wayne December 21, 2013 at 6:26 pm #

    I’m a 26 year old originally from San Bernardino. I lived there for over 12 years. I know how much things have declined and this makes me really happy to see. Ana, thank you for what you do.

  3. Joe Perea December 23, 2013 at 10:35 am #

    I just wanted to let you know you really are an angel. Your story has moved me that there are people like you left out there in the world today. I too am one who has dedicated myself to helping others with whatever means i have. My help is not as big as yours but I help people in my own way that I come in contact with in my daily life. I have found that the more I think of others and the less I think of my self, that I am much more blessed for it. Never give up what you do. The good Lord above does not forget those who live out His will in this life. You are a better person for what you do. Never let anyone tell you otherwise. My heart goes out to you and your family and your recipients. Read Matthew chap. 5:1-9 I think it may lift your spirits. I may not be there in person to participate however I am there in spirit. Have a blessed day and keep on ‘keeping on’!

    Joe Perea

    • Paula Mathis December 27, 2013 at 2:58 am #

      Amen I love that Mr.Joe Perea….May God continue to Bless you…

  4. Don Cameron December 24, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

    I would love to take a vacation this summer to San Bernadino and help you for a few days. You can e-mail me if you need some extra help. TY…….Don

  5. Robin Fleming December 26, 2013 at 11:02 pm #

    May God watch over you as you and keep up the good woek

  6. Paula Mathis December 27, 2013 at 2:56 am #

    This is truly a Blessing for me to see this story I have allways donated food and clothing and shoes to help the community and people that are less fortunate than myself… I struggle often but I’m still finding ways to bless others…I am in a mobile chair and I pray to God that I can be blessed with a truck one day so I can do more…Toledo dont recognize you to much when you are born to share…Thank God for my Heart and I hope the best for you all….God Bless…

  7. Reverend Steve December 31, 2013 at 11:45 pm #

    As a minister/ bishop, My prayers are with you. There alot of homeless here in the East bay, and in SF.
    I myself am poor, and am on the verge of beinghomeless.
    I remember back then, I would go to SF and help the homeless by giving them soap, and nessessities (mini travel paks) and some spare change if I had it.

    I just wanna wish those a uh.. happy new year, and hope ALL prayers are answered. and that homelessness is gone.

    PEOPLE—- STOP BEING SELFISH!!! And HELP THOSE WHO ARE LESS FORTUNATE!!!! GIVE THEM a BUCK OR 2, to help them EAT!!

  8. Someone who cares January 8, 2014 at 11:47 pm #

    Finally, people who dedicate their lives are getting something in return, yet they never keep it for themselves. This is the type of people we need more of in this world.

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