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At Bea Salazar's lowest point in life — no job, five kids to feed, no money for rent, considering suicide — she found a crying boy digging for food in a dumpster. She took the boy home, made him a peanutbutter-and-jelly sandwich and from that day, Bea's life changed.
"That's when I realized there was a child out there in greater pain than my own."
Bea began a food drive, serving lunch regularly to 12 children in her community. Today, she changes the lives of hundreds of children with her organization, Bea's Kids. Her program offers children tutoring, clothes, medical, food and counseling — "a one-stop social services." Facing issues of hunger, illiteracy, drugs, violence, gangs, and poverty, Bea's Kids has managed to help many families get through difficult situations.
"It gives me a purpose to live, it give me life. Every hug that I get — you can't buy that with money. There's no greater joy, there is no greater joy."
Besides the $50,000 Use Your Life Award, Chevy also surprised Bea today a new Chevy Venture Minivan to take the children to doctor appointments, the library, and on visits to college campuses.
Published on May 15, 2000