La Feria News

Local non-profit is a dream come true

By Nelda Briones

La Feria Resident Alejandro Paz’s dream became closer to reality this February. It all started with helping out people in the community. He was doing it all from home so he wanted to make a place where people could go for assistance. He started Project Pay It Forward just a few months ago and now has made his dream come true by making his non-profit a state certified organization. This month they also opened up a place where people could go for help. They are now located at 611 N. Main Street in La Feria. Project Pay It Forward accepts both monetary and non-monetary donations. From the donations they collect, they’re able to help people in need of food and clothing plus other items. The organization also helps with essential bills if in dire need. With the donations he collects of clothing and other items he’s created a “thrift store” where sales of the items will go towards helping the less fortunate in the community. At their location they also help fill out paperwork, make copies and fax at no charge. It’s all monetary donations. Since the new location has been open, they helped with coats, blankets and heaters when the freezing weather came through. They also handed out meals to families in need of a warm meal. And recently they received some fruit in which they handed out to the community. Organizer Alejandro Paz says it’s a blessing to have so many people offer to donate and help. He hopes his Project Pay It Forward becomes larger so he could be able to help out other communities in the valley.

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