BIG SPRING, TX (KWES) - He made blessing boxes in Big Spring earlier this year to give back to people who need it the most. That same Big Spring resident, Eric Escamilla, who is always up to some good, is helping kids this holiday season by paying their unpaid school lunches.
A recent breakup with his ex-girlfriend and a plan to buy her $300 worth of Christmas gifts is now a mission to pay off unpaid lunches at the Big Spring ISD schools.
"I know in situations like this I try to help people where its the small amounts," said Escamilla. "From my experience, it has been the $5 or $6. When you can't afford that, it gets stressful and that's what I was trying to do here, is to help out that person when you don't know how their Christmas is going to be. But this is not much, I just hope it helps that person to relieve a little bit of stress."
The total amounted to $446.36, exceeding a little over what he was expecting to pay... but with a little extra help, he had enough to pay off all the school lunches, making sure no child was left out. and even when money is short around the holidays, someone is still getting a meal on the table.
"I couldn't bear the thought of being that kid that was left out," said Escamilla. "Even if it puts me in a bind, I'm going to follow through and that's exactly what I did.
It's a blessing in disguise, but a blessing for those during a time of giving.
"Maybe not all the kids with late lunches are really struggling but I know between the numbers, there's one that really needed this," said Escamilla.
Escamilla encourages you to give back to your schools if you can. If you want to help your local school district, you can give them a call and ask whether they have a negative balance for unpaid lunches.