Freddy was shocked that there were so many food staples provided at his drive-thru distribution in Daly City.
“I never would’ve thought we’d get all those things in the boxes of food. I thought, ‘Any food will be okay, it will help,’ but then I saw milk and eggs and everything I needed, the essentials. It’s helped me so much.”
The holiday season this year reminds Freddy of what he and his son experienced during the holidays last year.
“Last year we didn’t have the money to buy our Thanksgiving dinner and I was already preparing myself and Jeremy to not celebrate and make it just like any other day. But then we went to the distribution, and we received everything in a traditional meal for the holidays [like turkey] so we’re going to do the same this year so we can celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas. The food lasts us many days.”
Freddy’s bond with his son has only grown deeper since the pandemic, and his faith in God has helped him move forward during tough times.
“Something that really touched me was Jeremy would ask me every morning, ‘Are you going to work tomorrow?’ So I knew he wanted me to stay. It really touched me that he was so close to me and worried that I was going to leave.”
Freddy doesn’t want to leave his son, but he must earn a living to pay for what they need. The love Freddy has for his son has driven him to work harder during the pandemic. All Freddy can think about now is making enough money for survival, his son’s education, and food.