By Roberto Hugo Gonzalez
The Ramos, a family of nine, lost their home to fire before Christmas. It was indeed a sad and devastating tragedy. The house in Mission was damaged extensively. Fortunately, no one was hurt during the fire, but the home is a total loss. One family member said that they had worked for many years to build their home of 64 years.
Fortunately, there is an entity named the National Hispanic Professionals Organization (NHPO – RGV); they watched the Ramos Family being featured on KRGV-TV Channel 5.
Omar Guevara, CHA, General Manager for the Radisson® Hotel McAllen Airport and the president of NHPO, told Texas Border Business that the Board of Directors for NHPO heard about the family in distress and all decided to help.
“I reached out to Monica De Anda at Channel 5, and we both connected with the family”. Omar said, “Alma Garcia, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ramos, told us about the needs the family had.”
He said that with Christmas approaching and three children in the Ramos family, NHPO members wanted to get presents for the children to have on Christmas morning.
Members of the organization never lost a minute, and quickly reached out to the community members and collected monetary donations and toys. “We were able to collect clothes and shoes for the family and delivered those on December 23 as Phase I of our plan,” said Omar.
Omar has been a member of NHPO for more than eight years. Its Board of Directors runs the organization; all volunteers are always willing to serve their community.
In Phase II, the Board decided to sell tickets for a raffle to raise funds. NHPO purchased a TV for the raffle, and both The Radisson and Lone Star National Bank donated baskets for the raffle. “On Wednesday, December 30, our NHPO Board of Directors, along with Monica De Anda and Channel 5, went to a home where the family is staying, and presented the Ramos family with $4,260. This was all made possible through our members and the community. We must recognize Bob and Janet Vacker with Bert Ogden Auto Group because of their generous donation to the family,” Omar said.
NHPO is an organization that always goes beyond its call of duty. No one gets paid; all volunteers come with the energy to help and benefit whatever communities they are in.
As said by the President of NHPO, “This is only the beginning of our commitment to helping this family. There is a lot of need here. We remain in contact with the family and hope to continue to help.”
Raising funds and holding raffles is one of the activities NHPO uses for noble causes.
In her news report, Monica De Anda said that the Ramos family is firm in their faith and optimistic that they will be able to rebuild their home from the ashes left behind.