I recently ran into Rudy Padrol, a personal banker at the Wells Fargo La Paz Road branch in Mission Viejo.
I wrote about him about a year ago at which time I was impressed with his accomplishments and spirit of helping others, despite a rough childhood – one that included abuse and later, homelessness.
Padrol, 29, has worked since he was 12 and literally lived out of his car while attending high school to avoid the continual battering from his stepfather.
“I wake up every day knowing God is on my side,” Padrol said. “I don’t blame God; Instead I look at the good things and know that it has to be God who has done all this.”
Padrol is always striving to give back to the community. For example, he shared with me his latest effort: A Christmas tree lot that he opened on November 29.
The location is along Marguerite Parkway in front of the Saddleback Lanes in Mission Viejo. The drawing point is that the trees are freshly cut and delivered from a farm in Oregon.
When I visited the lot, I learned that part of the proceeds from tree sales will benefit three charities.
Age Well Senior Services, an organization based in Laguna Woods that offers important services to the senior community, will receive a financial donation.
The second non-profit group benefitting from the tree sales is Child Abuse Prevention Center of Orange, which directly serves at-risk children and families in crisis.
Illumination Foundation, located in Irvine and whose mission is to break the cycle of homelessness in Orange County, will also receive a donation.
Padrol also donated 12 trees to the City Of Mission Viejo, which adorn one of the corners on Chrisanta Drive and La Paz Road in holiday style.
“Our ultimate goal is to lend support to organizations in the community who need funds to continue to operate in this struggling economy,” Padrol said. “I appreciate each every person or family who purchases Christmas trees.”
It is refreshing to see a local resident initiate a new business venture and also give back a significant portion to worthy causes.
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