When 28-year-old Wendy Trujillo was killed in a car crash in 2005, students and teachers at the Costa Mesa, Calif. school where she taught raised $3,000 to give to her family. The money was a gift to help her family continue to serve as their daughter had done. The young woman had a passion for helping local homeless and spent weekends serving underprivileged children in Mexico.
The Orange County Register reports, the Trujillo family used the funds to start a nonprofit organization called Los Niños de la Calle con Wendy (The Children of the Street with Wendy). The Trujillos planned trips to Tijuana, helping poor children by giving them shoes. The family also used the fund to benefit their community by donating backpacks full of school supplies to local schoolchildren and setting up a college scholarship fund at Anaheim High School.
Looking for a way to do more, the Trujillos drew inspiration from their daughter's dedication to helping the homeless community. Each Sunday, the family now prepares warm meals to feed the homeless population at two local parks.
"You see some of the same people here every week," said Miguel Ramirez, 42, Wendy's first cousin. "I grew up just up the street and I never knew there were so many people in this area that needed help."