Texas Businesswoman Leads Initiative to Bring Food to More Than 10,000 Rio Grande Valley Residents, Partners with Hispanic Star, Nonprofit HELP and Elected Officials

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Perla Tamez, a successful Houston-based serial entrepreneur, Love Soldiers founder and Hispanic Star hub director, returns to South Texas home town of Mission during the COVID-19 quarantine to launch a donation drive to help others. To help Tamez with this special drive, she also collaborated with several elected officials and created a special and strategic alliance with McAllen City Commissioner Tania Ramirez who also founded her nonprofit called Here Everybody Loves People (HELP).

Perla Tamez is the founder of Love Soldiers, a nonprofit that creates strategic alliances with other nonprofits and groups to bring resources to underprivileged communities around the United States.

"The Hispanic community in the US has been hard hit with the pandemic and many residents are not able to work because of shelter in place restrictions. Some have lost their jobs permanently and the monetary budgets are tight."

Perla Tamez, a successful Houston-based serial entrepreneur, Love Soldiers founder and Hispanic Star hub director, returns to South Texas home town of Mission during the COVID-19 quarantine to launch a donation drive to help others.

To help Tamez with this special drive, she also collaborated with several elected officials and created a special and strategic alliance with McAllen City Commissioner Tania Ramirez who also founded her nonprofit called Here Everybody Loves People (HELP). The donation drive’s goal is to help over 10,000 people with grocery baskets and those most in need from Friday, May 1 to Monday, May 11. Eighteen cities will be donating more than 5,500 grocery baskets to feed more than 10,000 people in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) area.

The participating 18 cities are: Alamo, Alton, Edinburg, Hargill, Hidalgo, La Joya, McAllen, Mission, Monte Alto, Palmview, Penitas, Pharr, Progresso, San Juan, Sharyland, Las Milpas, Weslaco, and Mercedes.

“The Hispanic community in the US has been hard hit with the pandemic and many residents are not able to work because of shelter in place restrictions. Some have lost their jobs permanently and the monetary budgets are tight,” said Tamez, CEO of the McAllen, Texas-based Love Soldiers, a 501(c) 3 that creates strategic alliances with other organizations to bring good to the community. “My staff and I know the personal suffering of our clients’ families and I wanted to step up and make a significant difference for these residents. The greatest gift is the oath of service. It’s priceless.”

This idea resonated with Hispanic Star hub leaders like Tamez to implement acts of service directly in their communities like the RGV area. Tamez understands first hand that in order to execute the vision of Hispanic Star Founder Claudia-Romo Edelman, which was to create a positive platform to unify the Hispanic community in the United States, she had to set an example.

"This is the kind of role model we need during these moments," said Edelman. "People with the leadership and drive such as Perla's will undoubtedly help the Hispanic community be back on its feet soon. That's why we launched the Hispanic response and recovery plan, as a platform for all Hispanics to unify and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 together."

Additionally, Hispanic Star is doing a special campaign initiative working with over 25 leaders that will kick off in South Texas and will expand to 15 states. The Hispanic Star platform is also organizing a nationwide "Hispanic Star Day of Action" on Thursday, May 21 to activate corporations and individuals to take actions in favor of Hispanics affected by COVID-19. During the day, companies will get involved by activating at the corporate and employee levels through donating funds, products and resources to active Hispanic organizations.

Locally, Tamez and Ramirez are encouraging their families to come out and get their grocery baskets along with promoting the importance of the census 2020.

"Through this effort, we are showing people that we are helping the world one hand at a time," said Ramirez.

To get involved in a campaign in your city, please contact Perla Tamez at (281) 703-1135 at perla@thelovesoldiers.org.

About Perla Tamez:
Perla Tamez is an inspired visionary with a keen ability to motivate others to discover their true potential. With candor, humor, and wisdom, she challenges teams to transform their experiences with adversity into tales of hope and triumph. Perla’s vast entrepreneurial endeavors, educational experiences, and international exposure have positioned her to communicate with broad audiences in a manner that is heartfelt, effective, and captivating. For more information, visit http://www.perlatamezinspiration.com.

About Love Soldiers
Based in McAllen, Texas, Love Soldiers is a nonprofit organization that creates strategic alliances with other nonprofits, groups and community organizations to bring resources to underprivileged communities around the United States. The nonprofit’s mission is to activate Love Soldiers to do acts of kindness in their communities. For more information, visit http://www.thelovesoldiers.org.
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