A holiday gift for widow

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Abramson gave Aquila the good news via speakerphone. The workers who crowded the conference room listened in, wearing huge smiles and dabbing at tears as Aquila, a recent widow and mother of two, talked with Abramson. The staff had gathered for a monthly meeting – dining on pizza to celebrate a profitable month – and to hear the stories of those nominated for the painting services. Abramson read letters about families and one nonprofit organization in need, but became tearful and was unable to finish Terry and Linda Bundy’s story of Aquila, their neighbor in Acton. “Just last month, Carlos, her husband of 20 years, died suddenly of a heart attack,” the letter read. “He was only 40 years old. … She is left to raise their 9-year-old daughter and their 16-year-old son.” Carlos Aquila was stricken as he was driving about a block from the family home. His car swerved into a parked car and his son and a friend pulled him from his car and called 911. He died at a hospital. “There wasn’t even a chance to say goodbye,” the Bundys wrote. The four runners-up in the contest each received a few votes, but about three-quarters of the crew marked the index card on the bulletin below the copy of the Bundys’ letter. “This would be something nice for her, her husband passed away,” Engelbert Barrientos said after casting his vote. “It’s Thanksgiving and we have a lot to be thankful for. It’s nice to be able to help someone else.” Aquila, a faceless voice on speakerphone, was clearly stunned as Abramson explained how her story had touched him, his employees and a representative from Dunn-Edwards, which will donate the paint. Work will begin in January. “This is God’s work, through you guys,” she said, quite evidently holding back tears. Thank you so much. My children thank you. God bless you guys.” Patricia Farrell Aidem, (661) 257-5251 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – Josh Abramson’s eyes usually don’t fill with tears when he leads staff meetings at his Valencia painting company. But Wednesday’s gathering of some two dozen employees and others in the upstairs conference room at A. Albright Painting was special. The crew had gathered to hear about the five top nominees for a company contest – $5,000 worth of painting services for a deserving household – and to vote for the winner. “Oh, my God!” cried Sylvia Aquila of Acton, reached by phone after employees decided she would be the recipient of the company’s donation. last_img

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