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Kroger Employee Lends a Hand and “Pays It Forward”

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"You don’t realize what you have to go through in a time of need and this is my payback.”

Kroger Employee Lends a Hand and “Pays It Forward”

Cooperative and collaborative working relationships with the public and private sector in the local community are key to the sustainability and success of every chapter of the American Red Cross.

Severe weather in May and June disrupted the lives and livelihoods of many neighborhoods throughout Texas. Local businesses and community groups stepped up to the plate to team up with the Red Cross to soften the effects of the overflowing rivers.

Recovery efforts are underway to help families get back on their feet.

Often, a win-win situation arises when one seizes an opportunity to “pay it forward.”

In 1979, Paul Torrez was a nine-year-old living with his parents in Wichita Falls, Texas. On April 10, a monster tornado ripped through the town. That day was known as “Terrible Tuesday” and Paul never forgot that day. “It as a miracle that the small closet where my Mom and I hid was not destroyed while the rest of the concrete house was destroyed,” he said. “It was clearly a time I remembered.” Paul said the local Red Cross helped his family, and has always been grateful for the help his family received.

Thirty-six years later, Paul saw the opportunity to reciprocate. As manager of Kroger Markets in Huntsville (TX) he arranged for sandwich trays, bags of chips and pallets of water to be sent to Trinity area shelters. “We are glad to help in a time of need,” Paul said. “You don’t realize what you have to go through in a time of need and this is my payback.”