Eric Escamilla, Big Spring resident and Farmers’ Insurance Agent, is best known for beginning the trend of Blessing Boxes in Big Spring, as well as the Phone Booth Library that sits outside of his office. Last week Escamilla took it upon himself to be a blessing to others when, after a recent breakup, Escamilla found himself with an extra $300 in his holiday budget and decided to bless others instead of keeping it.
Escamilla stated that he had made contact with an official from Big Spring ISD and requested to pay off any school lunch balances that were past due. The total was $446.36, a little more than Escamilla had anticipated; but he reached out to those around him to see if anyone wanted to pitch in to help out. Fortunately, John Spence and Liz Hafley helped out and all past due balances were paid for all of BSISD.
Escamilla went on to say what he hopes people will take away from this story is that there are many ways to help others. “The truth is that you can help in many forms and areas, but my hope and wish is that people get from this is just to do,” says Escamilla. “Stop making excuses or stop saying that you can’t help because you don’t know who or what or when, or how. Just go out there and help somebody.”
“If we do that together as a community, I fully believe that this city will change for the better, and no longer will we talk about how dirty Big Spring is and what it’s like. We’ll only talk about how great Big Spring is. That’s my Christmas wish.”