When a substitute teacher faces tough times, he is forced to live in his car. Thankfully, some of his former students stepped up to the plate and gave him a surprise birthday present this year.
Jose Villarruel, known to his students as Mr. V, forced to live in his blue Thunderbird for eight years. He did this so he could send all of his money to his family living in Mexico. The kind man has been negatively affected by the pandemic.
As schools moved to online learning, the Fontana, California substitute teacher was out of work. He decided to resign to receive the pension. Sadly, it is not enough.
A man hugs his former student who helped raise money for him after seeing him living in his car | Photo: Youtube / FOX 11 Los Angeles
Villarruel explain: “I got my check, but it didn’t last long because I had debt.” He faced challenging times, but then his life took a turn for the better. Steven Nava doesn’t forget Villarruel’s warm nature and cares for his class.
While on his way to work, Nava recognized Villarruel and was very upset by what he saw. 21 years old speak: “It’s sad to see one of your own teachers go through that.” He gave the teacher all the money he brought with him.
HELP MY FAVORITE TEACHER
It’s back $300, and Villarruel was deeply appreciative and even hugged his former student. He also flashed a big smile and thanked Nava through teary eyes. For Nava, $300 wasn’t enough for his “favorite teacher”.
Nava swore that he would try to find a way to help his mentor. The first step is to set up a GoFundMe page. Within hours, it brought in $5,000 for Villarruel. This student also took to TikTok to ask for support.
Elderly man sitting in a car thanks everyone who donated money and helped him celebrate his birthday | Photo: Youtube / FOX 11 Los Angeles
The clip received many reactions when people offered to help. Massive support has allowed Nava to organize something special for Villarruel. A celebration party was held for the teacher.
Many of his former students attended the event on Villarruel’s 77th birthday. It was a day to forget for Villarruel, who reacted to the surprise of ask: “Am I dreaming?”
A former teacher who lives in his car is given a check on his birthday | Photo: Youtube / FOX 11 Los Angeles
Students are overjoyed when they see their old teacher receiving the care and love that he always gives them. A student speak:
“People always recognize him, because when he walks into the classroom, he’s always full of such good energy.”
Gifts, balloons and favors weren’t the only gifts he received on his special day. He was also assigned a test for $27,000! Villarruel expressed his gratitude and declared that he would find a way to spread good in the world.
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