MAHOMET, Ill. (WCIA) — A man who has devoted his life to giving now needs a little help.
Ceasar Perez has created a lifestyle of giving as the Director of Champaign County Toys for Tots. But now he is the one getting gifts after his family’s home was flooded.
On Nov. 6, a pipe burst in the Perez home which damaged almost all of their belongings. Renters Insurance was able to cover some of the costs, but not all of them. He and his family began a fundraising effort for what insurance cannot cover.
“It’s been heartwarming and humbling and I just can’t express my gratitude,” says Perez. “I just can’t say thanks enough to the people who have thought enough of my wife and I that they would be willing to help us through this hard-spot.”
The family has a place to stay for the time being. Perez says several people have reached out and offered their help. One of those people says he deserves to be on the receiving end of a gift.
“In the time that I’ve known Ceasar he’s never asked for anything,” says Salvation Army Executive Director Major Randall Summit. “If I gave him something usually I had to force it on him. He just wouldn’t take it, he’s that humble of a man. So the fact that we can actually help him in any way, I think that’s wonderful. The more we can do the better.”
But Perez always finds a way to give. He wants his situation to be a learning expirience for others with Renters Insurance.
“If I can help somebody else figure out a way to not have to encounter the same troubles that I’ve gone through, then that’s what I want to do,” says Perez.
Perez has been running the program since 2003. Last year they supported almost 5,000 kids.
The fundraiser can be found at this link.