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All Of The Times Latinos Turned Up For People In 2019

In our busy and complicated world, we sometimes need to pause and remind ourselves of all the good that humanity is capable of. To make it easier, we’ve gathered ten examples of sincere acts of kindness—some great, some small—to warm your heart and inspire even more compassion this holiday season (and into the next decade, too!).

An elote street vendor in California needed an upgrade and a bunch of people sent him money to support his business.

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Hijinio Camacho, a vendor who used to set up his cart on the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) campus, posted a sign with his Venmo username so students could pay for their elotes and raspados electronically. A photo of him went viral, and after UCSB prohibited Camacho from selling food on campus in 2017 (his cart didn’t comply with its Environmental Health and Safety policies) people around the world started sending him donations to support his goal for a new food truck.

Sia went undercover at Walmart and paid for people’s groceries.

The singer, who is known for her elaborate yet anonymous persona (she tends to hide her face behind seriously edgy hairstyles), did not reveal her identity, claiming that her name was Cici and she had just won the lottery.

Mystery Kid covered people’s parking costs during last year’s holiday season:

Mystery Kid is the real hero in these streets.

London Heathrow Airport surprised U.S. passengers with pumpkin pies when their baggage was lost on Thanksgiving.

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The UK doesn’t even celebrate Thanksgiving (obvs), yet these attendants still stood by to help brighten what might have been a real bummer for U.S. travelers.

A retired subway conductor was so touched by an immigrant college student’s story that he donated thousands of dollars to help fund her tuition.

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Luis Hernandez was deeply moved by Angy Rivera’s story. As an undocumented college student, Rivera did not qualify for financial aid, so she offered to exchange handmade bracelets for a donation to her college fund. Each bracelet cost $5, and Hernandez pledged much more than that—in one fell swoop, he paid off the entire $2,500 bill.

Sesame Workshop and International Rescue Committee launched an Arabic version of Sesame Street for refugee children.

Sesame Street came to the Arabic-speaking world back in 2015, after a 25-year hiatus. But this year, the program has centered its focus on engaging with refugee children affected by the Syrian Civil War and other conflicts in the region. Titled Ahlan Simsim, the program seeks to represent refugee children and provide them with the education that violence and upheaval has taken from them. The new program will be broadcast throughout the Arabic-speaking world in early 2020.

An entire town in Colorado housed 700 stranded travelers in the midst of a crazy snowstorm.

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Fairplay, a town of just 762 people, sheltered more than 700 travelers over the course of a very stormy weekend. When volunteer shelters—then, later, hotels—filled up, hotel managers let travelers sleep in lobbies and hallways, providing them with hot beverages and extra pillows and blankets.

Two construction workers found a misplaced wallet from 1957—and returned it to the owner’s grandchildren.

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Two construction workers were removing the sink in an office bathroom when they found an old wallet tucked between the sink and the wall. In it was a cardboard Sears credit card, a paper driver’s license, trading stamps, a note reminding the owner to “wear dress or suit and heels,” and a $107.37 paycheck for a month of nursing work. By the time it was found, the wallet’s owner had been dead for nearly a year. It was ultimately returned to her grandchildren, who got an unexpected and intimate glimpse into their late grandmother’s life as a young woman.

This grandmotherly lady offered runners a handful of moral support.

There’s nothing like a high five from a sweet abuelita when you’re dying from an excess of cardio.

Tyler Perry paid the medical and travel bills of an American couple stranded in a Mexican hospital.

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When a couple went on a Mexican cruise and one of them fell severely ill, they were faced with a $14,000 medical bill. The hospital would not let the couple leave without paying their fees in full, and when he got wind of their situation, film mogul Tyler Perry took immediate action to help them out. Not only did he pay their medical bill—he also paid to get them back home to Atlanta.

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A Doorbell Camera Captured The Terrifying Moment A Neighbor Saved A Family From Their burning home

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A Doorbell Camera Captured The Terrifying Moment A Neighbor Saved A Family From Their burning home

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A family from Arizona has tragically been without a home since New Year’s Day. Fortunately, however, thanks to the swift efforts of a neighbor, they still have each other.

On New Year’s Day, the Salgado family was asleep in their home in Avondale, Arizona when they heard a frantic knock at their door. Nicole Salgado’s husband, who lived in the home with their children, opened the front door to find her neighbor shouting at her to get her family out of the house. It was on fire.

The Salgado family woke up New Year’s Day to find their house in flames.

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“We were all asleep,” Salgado explained to CNN in an interview. “Then all of the sudden around 7:30 in the morning, we hear banging on our door and our doorbell is going off and we kind of get scared.”

Their neighbor, Carolyn Palisch, was there telling them to get out of the house. Footage from the family’s home security video shows their neighbor running past flames to get to the home.

“He opened the door and all I heard was our neighbor Carolyn saying your house is on fire you have to get out,” said Salgado.

Salgado, who is a mother to four children, hurried to gather her children. Together, all of them escaped the burning home safely. “It was just kind of frantic at first, making sure we got everyone out and the dogs out,” she explained. “Then once we realized the full extent of it we were just in shock as we watched our home burn.”

Sadly, the Salgado family lost all their belongings in the fire

Salgado explained that the roof of her house collapsed moments after they escaped. According to CNN, firefighters at the scene claimed that if the family had still been sleeping at the time the roof had collapsed they would have inhaled the smoke and likely passed out immediately.

We are so thankful to just be alive,” Salgado explained in a post to her TikTook page. She also included doorbell camera footage of the moment their neighbor came to the rescue.

Salgado’s video has been liked nearly 7 million times on TikTok.

“Never did we think it was going to blow up the way it did. But we are so grateful,” Salgado explained. “We are so glad it did for Carol, to show how amazing she is. If it wasn’t for her it’d be a totally different story. We feel so thankful to her. We’re always going to consider her family. She not only saved us, she saved our kids.”

Salgado says that the cause of the fire is still under investigation and shared that her family has created a Go Fund Me account to help them rebuild their lives.

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This Holiday Season Give To These Organizations That Are Helping Our Community

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This Holiday Season Give To These Organizations That Are Helping Our Community

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As we approach “the most wonderful time of the year,” it is important to remember the importance of giving back to the community. If you want to give back this holiday season, we have compiled a list of 10 organizations all with a different mission to donate to.

United We Dream

United We Dream is one of the largest immigrant youth-led communities in the country. They aim to inspire and empower undocumented immigrant youth to make their voices heard. They expertly use social media to activate their audience and inform their community of important moments. They also launched the National Undocu Fund in April to provide financial assistance to undocumented people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic who could not receive benefits for the government stimulus.

Young Center For Immigrant Children’s Rights

The Young Center advocates for the well-being of unaccompanied children arriving in the United States. The goal of the organization is to change the immigration system so that children in immigration proceedings are recognized as children. When you make a donation, it will go towards providing a Child Advocate for a child. The role of the advocate is to look for the child’s best interests including custody and release and serve as allies to the children during deportation proceedings. 

UPROSE

UPROSE is the oldest Latino community organization based in Brooklyn. It was founded in 1966 with a focus on the global climate justice movement. “UPROSE views the just urban policy—ranging from transportation to open space—as the heart of climate adaptation and community resilience,” reads a statement on the website. If you want to donate to environmental efforts led by a Latino organization, check out UPROSE’s website

The Center for Gender and Refugee Studies

The Center for Gender and Refugee Studies aims to protect the human rights of refugee women, children, the LGBTIA community, and others who flee their home countries. They provide legal expertise, training,  and engage in appellate litigation and policy development. 

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) aims to provide a path to higher education for Latino and Hispanic students. They provide Latino families with the knowledge and resources needed for the path to higher education. They provide scholarships for our community and have awarded over $588 million. “HSF strives to make college education a top priority for every Latino family across the nation, mobilizing our community to proactively advance that goal,” states the website. 

Voto Latino

The grassroots political organization is dedicated to empowering the Latino community through civic engagement, issue advocacy, and leadership development. In the past 2020 election cycle, the organization registered 601,330 voters. To donate to their efforts, check out the Voto Latino website

RAICES

RAICES is a non-profit organization based in San Antonio Texas that provides free and low-cost legal services to immigrant children, families, and refugees. “When you donate to RAICES, your gift will go towards securing the release of thousands of people and ensuring that each person receives quality legal and social services,” reads the donation page. For more information about RAICES, click here.

Farmworker Justice

Farmworker Justice is a nonprofit organization that seeks to empower migrant and seasonal farmworkers to improve their living and working conditions, immigration status, health, occupational safety, and access to justice. The COVID- 19 pandemic has made it clear how essential field and farmworkers are to the nation. Many of these workers lacked PPE equipment while working and this organization launched the “Soy Indispensable” Initiative to provide face masks for farmworkers. 

Immigrant Families Together

Immigrant Families Together is dedicated to reuniting immigrant families separated at the US/Mexico border. Your donation to this organization goes to providing legal counsel, payment of bonds, detention support, housing, food, clothing, transportation, and medical care. If you are passionate about keeping families together, donate to Immigrant Families Together. 

Latino Victory Fund

The Latino Victory Fund is a progressive organization. The mission of the organization is to build political power in the Latino community. They aim to have the voices and values of Latinos reflected in all levels of government and in the policies passed.

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