Lupe lives in Main Park apartments, and though her three children are too young to attend the after-school program she is involved in Puente. Lupe was excited about her experience at the store this year because her seven-year old daughter was hoping for a bicycle...and she found one! Not only was it exactly the size her daughter needed, it was pink...exactly what she had hoped for. Lupe spent some time excitedly brainstorming: how will I hide this bike for the next two weeks?!
She realized that her five year old daughter would also love a bike, an dmight be disappointed. But not too dissapointed, for Lupe also found Shopkins toys at the storetoday, which her five-year-old loves but are not affordable elsewhere.
This was a signifcant help for Lupe, who is a single mom and has had a particularly stressful several months. When she scheduled her appointment, she was disappointed to realize there were no spots left before 10:30am. Based on her experience with holiday charity, she assumed this meant the best items would be taken. But Puente's Christmas store volunteers intentionally sort gifts such that shoppers at any appointment time have an equitable selection. This was a meaningful surpris for Lupe.
Today, Lupe was able to purchase just what her children wanted--she is excited and grateful.