March 4, 2003
By John Sharify
When I first met Bob Torres, I knew this guy was something else. He looked me in the eye and told me flat out:
"I'll put it to you this way. I do not have a bad day in my life," says Torres.
Not one bad day in his life! If I should be so lucky.
"I'm always positive. I never have a negative bone in my body," says Torres.
And yet, this 60-year-old Tacoma man has had two heart attacks, chronic back pain, diabetes, and for the past 17 years, he's had Multiple Sclerosis.
But you don't hear this man complaining.
"LIke I say, my life is really good. It really is," says Torres. His life might be good, but his van is breaking down. The Dodge minivan has more than 160,000 miles on the odometer, and a constant gas smell.
I thought People Helper viewers might want to help this man with the gentle soul. So I'm asking you: Will you help Bob get a new van? Help this man who doesn't have an extra dime to call his own.
"If a trip around the world cost a quarter, hell I couldn't get out of Tacoma," says Torres.
Bob never complains, so let me do it for him: His van is a mess. It's seen its last days. So with your generosity, we can get Bob Torres a van he so desperately needs. And for that, you know Bob will be forever grateful.
"I'm rich. I'm the richest man in the world. Blessed by God in more ways than you believe. Now financially I'm the poorest dude around," says Torres with a smile.
I told you was something else. Something special.
How To Help
If you're interested in making a donation, you can call the People Helper at (206) 441-HELP
Or better yet, checks can be made out to:
P.O. Box 19087
Seattle, WA 98109
On the bottom of the check, be sure to include to whom you would like the funds to go. In this case, it's Bob Torres's new van.
Your donations are tax deductible and you will receive a receipt by
mail with our thanks. Any extra funds will go to the general People Helper
fund to help others in need.
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