“We follow the path,” says Mary de Jesus Ramos, USANA Associate and USANA Foundation volunteer. “By organizing charity efforts and helping those in need, we fill our own hearts with love.”
Mary grew up in Ciudad Juarez, a large city on the Mexico–U.S. border, just south of El Paso, Texas. Many communities in Ciudad Juarez are in desperate need of aid—children go hungry, and their struggles are often overlooked. But Mary refuses to ignore them.
This March, she organized a team of volunteers, collected donations from USANA Associates and Preferred Customers, and transported meals for nearly 130 children on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez.
“We met with local charity leaders and put our hands to work,” says Mary. “We filled their pantries, cooked meals, and organized fun activities for the children.” The children played soccer, drew pictures, read stories, and told jokes. Most importantly, they ate a delicious and nutritious meal. “The children were so happy,” she says. “They enjoyed the moment, and so did we.”
Mary’s team also visited with local parents to discuss their daily struggles and the importance of eating healthy foods. “Everyone put their heart into the service,” says Mary. “We had 28 volunteers, donations from 50 others, and a local company helped as well. Overall, we had help from about 80 collaborators.”
Her passion stems from Dr. Myron Wentz’ vision of a world free from pain and suffering. “His example is inspirational to the entire team,” she says. “We serve so we can give hope to the world. It gets us out of our comfort zones so we can feel true joy.” Mary and her team follow a special path that leads to stronger communities, full bellies, and happier children. Best of all, it’s a path anyone can follow.