Elementary student makes a difference in the San Benito community

Victor Gonzalez III is a first-grade student at the Ed Downs Fine Arts Academy in San Benito. He had a thought, and with his parents’ undivided support, he made things happen.

Victor initiated a blanket drive that spanned over a period of three weeks.  His parents, Victor Jr. and Maricela Gonzalez,were the greatest supporters of their son’s mission.

“I heard on the news that the elderly needed blankets to stay warm for the winter,” shared the young Victor.

The initial goal was 100 blankets; however, the community helped surpassed that number.  “He asked us if we could support him and we did not hesitate.  Anything that helps the community and those in need, he will have our 150% support,” said Maricela.

The family reached out to friends and family members, local businesses, and the Fun-N-Sun RV Resort.  Collectively, more than 100 blankets we donated.

According to shared Gonzalez, Jr ., Bass Pro Shop, Old Navy in Brownsville, Walmart in San Benito, and Harlingen Gillman Honda were among the area businesses that proved instrumental in making the drive a success.

“It was a community effort that made this a success,” shared Gonzalez, Jr.

The blankets will be distributed primarily through the San Benito Food Pantry.  “The blankets will be going to those in need,” said President Forest Walker.  She indicated that the young man’s act of kindness would not go unnoticed.

The family now plans on making this blanket drive an annual event.

“Victor is a helpful, hard-working, kind-hearted, caring, generous, and amazing son.  He excels academically as an honor student.  There are no words to describe how proud we are of him,” said Maricela.

Gonzalez, Jr . has often helped those in need and has been a perfect example for young Victor, who had a backpack drive two years ago to help his fellow classmates.