October 7th, 2019
Alicia Aguilar was in 4th grade at Schuster Elementary when she and her sister went to our Chapter House. She was told by her teacher that they were going on the bus to get new clothes. She remembers receiving a pair of jeans, sweatpants, underwear and a pair of new shoes. Alicia said, “It was so nice to get new clothes. At the time, I knew that my mom didn’t have the money for us to do a lot of things that my friends could do. But, I was excited and we were so happy with our new clothes”. She didn’t realize that her parents were struggling to provide for their growing family. Now, at 34 years old with two children of her own, she understands how families go through tough times and appreciates the clothing she received.
Alicia now volunteers at Capistrano Elementary. Last Tuesday, she assisted by taking children to Operation School Bell on Yandell Drive to get fitted for their new clothes. The trip brought back some special memories for her as she recalled entering the building so many years before. It was a happy childhood memory for her that she shared with the volunteers.
We appreciate Alicia’s story and it is such a good feeling to know that Assistance League of El Paso was there to help the Aguilar family and is still here helping the community.