It's a lot easier to make a buck than it is to make a difference
It’s been a few months since a Manzano High School athlete was gunned down at a summer party. Even after death, Jaydon Chavez-Silver is still having an impact on the community. His story inspired a random stranger to make a big donation to the high school’s athletics department.
When Ralph Arellanes Jr. found out that Manzano High School didn’t have a working injury device by a company called Game Ready, he decided to donate all of the parts needed to fix it. That amounted to more than $2,000.
Arellanes said he was moved to help after what the students and staff are going through with the loss of Chavez-Silver.
Athletics trainer Nicholas Medina said having the machine they use daily up and running again means he can use his budget on other things for the 300 kids he takes care of.
“All the money goes to them eventually, so I can maybe fix this place up a little bit more and get this thing going a little bit cleaner so I can…serve the kids,” Medina said.
“It’s a lot easier to make a buck than it is to make a difference,” Arellanes Jr. said.
Jaydon’s mother, Nicole Chavez, found out about the donation. She emailed Arellanes saying she was touched by his generosity.