Every day, Coastal Bend residents forego money and acknowledgement for the simple pleasure of serving others.
Pete Anzaldua, a 73-year old Refugio native who has been living in Corpus Christi since the 60s, makes sure the medically uninsured have a place to turn.
Now retired, Anzaldua finds himself busy with church, but his true passion is volunteering at the Mission of Mercy, a non-profit that helps clients with little to no health insurance.
"They don't have Social Security numbers, so they don't go to the clinics," Anzaldua said. "They can't go anywhere else, so they come to us and we can help them."
Anzaldua, a veteran, has been volunteering with the non-profit for the last five years. When he got out of the service, he became a nurse and an x-ray technician. He is serious about diabetes education.
Doctors with Mission said that, when not taking blood glucose readings or translating for them, Anzaldua often runs errands for the ladies.
Mission of Mercy travels throughout the Coastal Bend caring for residents. Anzaldua, who will be turning 74 next month, said he hopes he played a small part in helping.
"This is fulfilling," Anzaldua said. "This makes me feel good, and if it helps somebody else, that is wonderful."
Ultimately, Anzaldua says it is time more of us gave back to those in need.
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