La Liga team Rayo Vallecano is taking care of one of their own by finding a place and paying the rent for an 85 year old fan for the rest of her life after recently being evicted from her former residence.
Carmen Martinez Ayudo was evicted due to an outstanding loan her son made. Ayudo’s son owned her house after her husband died and used the house as collateral for a loan that he couldn’t pay off. Ayudo was unaware of the loan but that didn’t stop police to arrive and evict her from her house.
After hearing about the news, members of Rayo Vallecano decided that they wanted to help Ayudo find a place to stay and pay her rent so she never has to worry about finding a place to live for the rest of her life. Ayudo was extremely grateful for the gesture saying, “I’ve no more tears to cry.”
Rayo manager Paco Jemez said, “We’re not going to stand around and do nothing, we’re going to help this woman. Not just me, but the technical team and the players. We’ll give her a hand to find a place where she can live in dignity and not feel abandoned. In this case, because she’s from the neighborhood, as a club we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to help.”
As we get toward Thanksgiving and the holidays, it’s great to see random acts of kindness like this. This is the latest example of a team showing that they are more than willing to give back to their neighbors and fans just like all the times those people gave to their team for all their lives.
(The Guardian/Photo: AP)