This Mom Has Gone Viral For Making and Passing Out Hundreds of Tortas to Mexico’s Impoverished Citizens Every Week
Moms are truly our greatest allies. They’re the people who we go to first when we’re in trouble. They’re the ones who always have the best advice and the warmest love. It’s not just their own children they offer this maternal affection to. Think about all the tias, abuelas and other women in your life who have in some way — big or small — given you kindness and support when it’s really mattered. It’s those women we talk about when we extol the virtues of maternal nature. That considerate giving of oneself is what we can always depend on from these women.
An especially valid example of this is the weekly service one mother performs for the hungry and impoverished in her local community.
Earlier this month, Twitter user Beatriz (@guera_trizz) shared a video of her mother passing out sandwiches and tortas to long lines of calmly waiting people in her Mexican neighborhood. In the caption, Beatriz explained that her mother assembles and serves hundreds of sandwiches to the hungry every week. Her mother, Joy, makes the sandwiches herself with her own funds and labor — asking for nothing in return for this good deed. Instead, every week, she does what mothers do best: she feeds those who are not always able to feed themselves.
On Twitter, responses to Joy and her torta philanthropy were extremely supportive and Twitter users began asking how they could help her efforts.
Expressing their appreciation for Joy, many tweets suggested that a GoFundMe or some other donation system be set up in effort to contribute funds to her weekly sandwich offerings. Soon after these responses began to come in, Beatriz set up a GoFundMe in her mother’s honor. In the week that it has been active, Joy’s sandwich fund has raised more than $2,100 thanks to nearly 180 contributors. That’s a whole lot of tortas for a lot of hungry people!
Others on Twitter were quick to praise Joy and thank her for being a good role model and such a giving force in her community.
Many responses to Beatriz’s initial tweet called Joy “an angel,” “a blessing” and “a queen.” Some Twitter users suggested that people like Joy should always be fully funded in order to carry out their missions while others expressed the hope to one day join in and personally help with this wonderful cause.
One tweet by @SessiStassia suggested other ways that Joy’s fans can help if they are unable to contribute to her fund.
“For anyone who is not in a position financially to donate to the awesome GoFundMe that’s set up, remember that your local food bank or soup kitchen would love even one afternoon of your time to volunteer. Even if you can donate, consider emulating this angel & her good works.”
In the short video, Beatriz says to her mother, “Ma, you’re famous; what do you think?” In response, Joy says, “That’s good,” while giving a peace sign and thumbs up. Of course, this video — along with her charity — just made the internet love her even more.
“She’s so pretty and sweet…I’m obsessed,” one person tweeted while another followed up with, “I’m sorry ma’am. But she is OUR mother now. We are all adopting her and we’re all proud and you’re just gonna have to deal with it!”
Joy’s weekly food donations come at a time when Mexico is feeling some of its most difficult economic pressures.
In December of 2019, Mexico’s new president Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) took over as the country’s leader. One of his first acts as president was to cancel the construction of a $13Billion airport that would have benefited the private sector and the economy as a whole. The first leftist president Mexico has seen in its modern era, AMLO has hoped to stabilize the country’s economy by slashing spending. Unfortunately, this has stalled the economy instead. Additionally, the issues that Mexico has had with the repeal of NAFTA has impacted the country’s ability to export to Canada and America — a business that it greatly depends upon.
Mexico also has one of the worst class distributions in the developed world. The richest citizens have 14 times as much income as the poorest and food accessibility is a problem. The mass migration of displaced people from Central America has also resulted in more individuals in need of resources like food and shelter.
It’s people like Joy who are actively helping those who most need it. Let’s take this charitable lesson and apply it to positively impact our own communities. It’s sure to make Mamá Joy proud.