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Gratitude in Action in Cowboy Country

When her husband got cancer, Rachel became the sole supporter of their family of eight. Learn how your help to Rachel’s family has allowed her to reach out to her neighbors. Read Transcript


Reporter: ON A LONG

HIGHWAY BETWEEN SAN ANTONIO

AND E EL PASO, TEXAS,

RACHEL HERNANDEZ WORKS AS A

JANITORIAL SUPERVISOR AT A

HIGHWAY REST STOP.

SHE GETS UP AT 4:00 EVERY

MORNING TO GO TO WORK, JUST

SO SHE CAN PROVIDE FOR HER

FAMILY.

IT IS KIND OF HARD

SOMETIMES TO GET UP AND JUST

WALK OR JUST GET UP AND TRY

AND START YOUR DAY.

IT IS VERY HARD TO BE ABLE

TO PICK UP GROCERIES, TO PAY

THE LIGHT BILL, FIX MY CARS

BECAUSE THEY BREAK DOWN.

I DON'T KNOW WHERE TO

START.

I HAVE TO BE THERE.

AND I HAVE TO BE THE

STRONGEST ONE.

Reporter: RACHEL

SUPPORTS A FAMILY OF EIGHT,

WHO ALL LIVE IN A THREE

BEDROOM MOBILE HOME.

HER HUSBAND, RUBIN, IS

UNABLE TO WORK.

HE IS HAVING ON GOING

CHEMOTHERAPY FOR BLADDER

CANCER.

IT IS HARD FOR ME NOT TO

WORK.

I'VE ALWAYS WORKED.

NOW I CAN'T WORK.

Reporter: PASTOR MIKE

McDANIEL SAYS THE

HERNANDEZ FAMILY IS NOT

ALONE.

THERE IS APPROXIMATELY

900 FAMILIES THAT LIVE IN

THIS AREA, AND THEY SAY THE

STATISTICS IS THAT 90% OF

THEM ARE IN POVERTY.

Reporter: BUT THERE IS

HELP FOR THESE FAMILIES.

MIKE RUNS A FOOD

DISTRIBUTION PUT ON BY

COWBOY FELLOWSHIP IN THE

SMALL TOWN OF CENTERPOINT

TEXAS.

"OPERATION BLESSING"

PROVIDES THE MINISTRY WITH

FOOD BOXES, CLEANING

SUPPLIES, AND DIAPERS.

I DON'T HAVE A LOT OF

RESOURCES.

AND, YES, I DO DEPEND ON

THEM, AND SO DOES MY

FAMILY.

Reporter: RACHEL

DECIDED TO BE PART OF

HELPING HER NEIGHBORS, WHO

WERE STRUGGLING JUST AS SHE

WAS.

THE FIRST TIME I GAVE OUT

A BOX, IT MADE ME FEEL LIKE

THE BIGGEST PERSON IN THE

WORLD, LIKE, OH, MY GOSH, I

JUST GAVE OUT A PERSON TO

SOMEBODY WHO REALLY NEEDED

IT.

IT IS NOT JUST ME.

IT IS THEM, TOO.

SHE KNOWS THE NEEDS OF

THE COMMUNITY.

SHE HAS BEEN HERE 32 YEARS.

I THINK RACHEL SHOULD BE

MAYOR.

SHE HAS SHARED WHAT COWBOY

FELLOWSHIP HAS GIVEN TO

RACHEL, AND RACHEL NOW

ENSURES THAT EVERYONE IN

THIS AREA RECEIVES THE SAME

BLESSING.

I NEVER KNEW -- I NEVER

KNEW THAT THERE WAS STILL

PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT CARED

LIKE THAT.

I REALLY DIDN'T.

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