Pizza Hut delivery rider Raymund Papellero is using his salary and tips that he saved up to buy assorted bread to give away to street dwellers he sees on his delivery route.
The story of the generous pizza delivery rider was posted on Easter Sunday by Raina Ominga of Raina’s Bakery where he buys the bread.
Ominga’s story uploaded on social media on April 12, 2020, has turned viral and received attention from donors who wanted to help him with his good deed.
“This pizza guy have been buying bulk assorted breads from our bakery for the past few days. So our inner curiosity ends up us asking him kung pinapamigay ba ng pizzahut yung breads.
“Sabi ni Kuya, lahat daw ng nakukuha niyang tip everytime nagdedeliver sya, iniipon niya pambibili niya ng bread. Then pinapamigay niya sa mga taong nakikita niya sa kalsada along the way.
“We were stunned! And that, my friend, is how we encounter Christ this Easter Sunday. ❤️,” posted the owner of Raina Bakery in West Crame, San Juan City in Manila.
Raina Ominga shared with Good News Pilipinas how she and her staff were inspired by Papellero’s good deed.
“Somehow, amidst this pandemic, nakakita ako ng hope thru Kuya mon. He really touches our hearts. Kami ng family ko. We are really proud of kuya. It makes us happy pag nakikita namin siya sa news. And knowing na nakakareceive sya ng madaming blessings. We are really thankful to everyone who are helping him.,” Raina said.
The story went viral on social media and was picked up by news organizations.
Papellero recounted to media the day he saw a family in the street where he was making a delivery.
“Nakakita po ako ng pamilya sa kalsada, tapos ’yung dalawang anak, umiiyak. Siguro nagugutom, kaya naisip ko na bumili ng tinapay para ibigay sa kanila. Naranasan ko rin po kasi ’yung ganoong gutom nung bata pa ako kaya alam ko ’yung pakiramdam (I saw a family on the street, with two children crying. I thought maybe they were hungry, so I decided to buy bread to give to them. I experienced that same hunger when I was younger, so I know what it feels like),” Papellero, a father of three recalled.
Papellero and his wife are not well-to-do but still managed to give back to the needy.
“My family is poor. My wife, she’s unemployed and also pregnant. With the money I make every day, I set aside some to buy bread to give away to those who need food. Sometimes the tips from customers are good, so I buy more,” he said.
His good deed has been praised by netizens who referred to him as a Good Samaritan. His company, Pizza Hut, honored him.
“There’s no help too big or too small during this time. Thank you Kuya Raymond for teaching us how we can make a difference in our own little way.” Pizza Hut said in a Facebook post on April 20.
“Kuya Raymond is proof that we are all heroes in our own little way. Thank you for inspiring us!” Pizza Hut added on April 22.
The Pizza delivery rider’s good deeds were also recognized by the Araneta Group of Companies (AGC) which awarded him Php100,000 on April 17 at the AGC’s head offices in Araneta City. Raina said the amount allowed Papellero to finally open his own bank account.
“Mr. Papellero’s generosity is very much in line with the Araneta Group’s commitment to give back to the community, and this cash award is a sincere appreciation of his benevolence”, said Chacha Junio, chief operating officer of Philippine Pizza, Inc.
For as long as he is able, Kuya Raymond said that he will keep on buying and giving out bread to the needy that he encounters on his way. In addition, he is also giving out bottles of water.
“I hope what I’m doing will inspire other people to also share their blessings with the poor, especially during these difficult times,” Papellero said.
Raina Bakery has received orders from other people who wanted to add to the bread given away by Raymund Papellero.
Another Good Samaritan, teacher Emil Bal-iyang of Ilocos Sur, has been providing fresh harvest from his fish pond and vegetable garden to feed the families of students who are affected by the community quarantine to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease.
Larry Ceria, an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) in Italy who was unable to go home due to the lockdown, instead used his travel fund to send relief goods to the Philippines.
SEND HELP to support delivery rider Raymund Papellero’s initiatives to help feed street dwellers by contacting Raina’s Bakery here then SEND US YOUR #GoodLight #MessageofHope to the world in the comments below.
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