San Antonio mother offers to trade tuna cans for diapers she can't afford
SAN ANTONIO - Cans of tuna fish and used clothing.
That's what a South Side mother offered to trade online just to get some diapers for her baby. The desperate post on an app left her humiliated and demoralized because she felt like she wasn't a good mother. That is until a stranger responded in a way she never imagined.
"No mom wants to be asking for help because they want to be able to provide for their own kids,” Amanda Longoria recalled about how she felt during the time of her online post 3 weeks ago.
But with her husband out of work and four tiny mouths to feed at home, the 25-year-old put aside her pride and offered to trade what little she had for basic necessities they couldn't afford.
"I was like I can trade my clothes or the tuna for Pampers if anybody has any," Longoria explained to Fox San Antonio’s Ryan Wolf.
Vanessa Huizar was the only person who responded. She's a 40-year-old mother of 8. Her outreach changed the course of history, according to Longoria.
"She asked what size?” Longoria said looking at the conversation from the post. “I said size 3. She said she had two boxes of them. She didn't ask about the clothes or the food. She just said I can give it to you if you would like."
The giving didn't stop there. Huizar also offered to take Longoria and her kids on a shopping spree at HEB to buy her family everything from Lunchables to baby supplies. She spent more than a hundred dollars on the food for Longoria's family.
"I was just speechless,” she told Wolf. “I kept asking her, 'are you sure?' I told her I'll only get bread. And we walk in and she said 'no, just shop like I'm your friend and family and you're getting whatever you need at the store.'"
After the shopping spree, she filled up her car with gas for free. Longoria remembered Huizar telling her she wouldn't take no for an answer.
"I'm so grateful they did that,” she said. “With them filling up my car like that O was able to go look for work. I went to a staffing agency to go look for work and get a job."
Longoria wanted to give back to her with help from CASH FOR KINDNESS. The surprise took place outside Huizar’s home. She thought Longoria was coming over to bring her a cake. Wolf tagged along.
“I wanted to let you know how thankful I am for what you did for us,” she told Huizar who had a shocked look on her face. “As a mom it was embarrassing to put that post up about the Pampers, but you all didn't judge me. Not only did you give me the Pampers, you took me to HEB and filled my gas up. So I want San Antonio to know how great you guys are."
Huizar started to cry. “We've all been through it,” she said while wiping the tears off her cheek. “And I've been there myself as a single mom."
Wolf introduced himself to Huizar and shared why he was there. “You didn't judge her. She was this close to pulling the post down but because of your actions it set her life on a different path. And she's on a path to success thanks to you. And we think at Fox San Antonio, that deserves to be rewarded."
The surprise caught her completely off guard.
“You're going to make me cry!" she said.
She appeared overwhelmed by her emotions and shared how she didn’t think of herself as deserving of any reward. Wolf handed her a stack of $100 bills and asked her to count the money.
" 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,” she said while sobbing between each number.
“It's a thousand dollars,” Wolf said.
“But I was just helping her out,” Huizar said while staring at the money with tears in her eyes. “That's all I was doing."
Wolf reminded her why she was chosen for the CASH FOR KINDNESS award. “This is exactly why I started this program on Fox San Antonio to show there are good people doing amazing things every day. And you Vanessa deserve to be rewarded.”
Huizar grew up as an only child and always wanted a large family. She's now married and lives in a new home. She told Wolf she’s happy to give back after once only having enough money to feed her kids rice and beans.
Click here to nominate someone for the $1,000 CASH FOR KINDNESS award.