Volunteer school crossing guard awarded for kindness
Every morning, before the sun even comes up, Olga Nunez braves the cold weather and speeders to do what she called her Godly duties.
"Oh you can tell, they go zoom!" the 54-year-old said about some drivers.
Armed with a hand-held stop sign, a yellow reflective coat and her trusty whistle, Nunez volunteers to protect people outside St. Leo The Great Catholic School.
The grandmother, who lives off disability checks, is stationed at a crosswalk by 7 a.m. in the South Side school zone along South Flores Street.
"For the kids, you know,” she said. “Their safety."
She started to help out in the area after a request was made by a church leader.
"The Sunday before school started, I heard he needed somebody to help out crossing people,” Nunez explained. “So, I told him and my daughter, well, I'm home. I said I could help Father. I was out the very next day helping."
Her selflessness and sacrifice have been a saving grace for people at the school.
Now she's being rewarded for it.
“Hi, I’m Ryan Wolf from Fox San Antonio,” Wolf said outside her home.
Nunez had no idea that a fellow church member wanted to recognize her for her kindness.
He turned to Fox San Antonio.
Wolf brought Nick Obregon to her house to share news of her nomination on CASH FOR KINDNESS.
“You volunteer your time to help the poor kids,” he told her while holding her hands outside her home. “And you could be at home sleeping late, but you get up early in cold weather, in hot weather and in rainy weather. I know the school appreciates you. I know the Father appreciates you. Father Frank. And the church appreciates you for protecting the kids. And we love you for it.”
Obregon reached out and gave Nunez a hug.
Wolf shared the news about her award. “In my pocket is something special, just for you Olga."
He handed her a stack of $100 bills on behalf of Fox San Antonio.
She counted the money in front of her family members, including her 9-year-old grandson.
“$1,000!” she said.
“How does that make you feel?” Wolf asked.
“Happy,” she responded.
“You're getting emotional,” Wolf said next. “Why?”
“He's a real nice person," Nunez said with tears in her eyes.
Nunez said she hasn't worked since 2004 because of an injured arm.
Her vehicle’s been broken down for quite some time.
And the disability checks she receives monthly, barely pay the bills, according to her.
“That’s why this is a nice gift,” she said. “Nice appreciation."
Those who love her—were especially proud to see her get the cash award.
Obregon said he’s just thankful that others will know—it pays to be kind.
“They do it out of the kindness of their hearts,” he said about recipients on CASH FOR KINDNESS. “And for Fox News to do this, it's just awesome and amazing. Thank you."
Click here to nominate someone you know for the CASH FOR KINDNESS award.