Central Florida man to surprise 13 families in need this holiday season

ORANGE COUNTY, FL – Chris Delgado will soon surprise 13 families in central Florida with financial assistance.

Delgado, who lives in Orange County, plans to donate thousands of dollars within 12 days of Christmas.

“We grew up very, very poor,” he said. “Obviously over the years you know we’ve become the lower middle class, the middle class, but I haven’t come for the money. “

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Delgado said that even growing up with less money, his parents found a way to give back.

“I remember my mother, whether it was related to a church or to a family in need, she would always say to my father, ‘Don’t worry about this, we’ll find a solution.’ When I was a kid, I didn’t know it, but my mom would give the last of our money or our food or whatever to someone who needed it most, ”he said. .

These childhood memories are what inspired Delgado, now 30, and in 2020 he created Orlando Giving, a community initiative he funds.

“Orlando Giving started because I thought about my childhood, (on) what my mom did and what my dad did, and how they never hesitated to help and that’s what I want teach my children. Whether you are in a good financial situation or not, there is always an opportunity to help, ”said the father of three.

Delgado’s opportunity to give back comes this holiday season when he personally donates $ 21,000 to less fortunate families in central Florida, families named through his website. Delgado told News 6, it’s also a token of appreciation for the place he now calls home.

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“Orlando has been a great place to raise a family. It has supported my businesses, ”he said.

Starting December 12, Delgado will be donating $ 1,000 to a family each evening.

“I have three young children and I want them (to know) the importance of giving back to your community. It’s important to be a part of it, ”said Delgado.

And on Christmas Eve, a family will be surprised with $ 10,000.

“There is no sponsor, there is no big company behind it all. It comes from my personal savings, ”he said.

The California native went from flipping burgers in an In-N-Out in 2009 to working at a company after just graduating from high school. Today he runs his own business consultancy firm.

“The past two years have been so difficult for a lot of families and I think that’s really where Orlando Giving comes from. Lots of businesses got bailouts, lots of businesses got PPP or SBA loans to stay afloat, but families have always suffered, ”he said. “My mission and my goal is to deliver in the times we are (in) now, is to always deliver the best Christmas possible.”

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