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8/17/03

Floydada Pulls Together to Help Local Military Family

The town of Floydada has pulled together to help one of their own. Gabina Cerverea is raising her four young sons on her own while her husband Julio is in Baghdad fighting for our country. About a month ago, the family found out Julio would soon be relocated to Washington state, so now they are trying to raise money to go visit their husband and father.

It's been seven months since Julio Cerverea, a helicopter electrician in the U.S. Army left home. His family hasn't seen him since.

"He's in Baghdad," Ricardo Cerverea, six years-old said.

Julio is stationed thousands of miles away, but his sons Julio Jr., Renee, Ricardo, and Rigo miss dad everyday.

What is it like for him not to be home?

"Terrible," Julio Cerverea, Jr. 10 years-old said.

"Not good. Bad," said Renee Cerverea, nine years-old.

But with a chance to visit dad, the family is doing all they can. Gabina has been selling tickets for an enchilada cookoff and this weekend the people of Floydada came out to eat.

"We're trying to raise money to go see him when he comes back to Washington, and we're raising a lot of money to fly over there," Renee said.

More than 100 people bought tickets, so family and friends gathered, preparing 400 enchiladas, rice, and beans. It took 12 hours, but before their sale, Gabina got very sick. At this time, she is bed ridden with viral Meningitis, so family and friends stepped up to take charge of the fundraiser.

"It's been hard. She also goes to school, so I've been playing big sister and daddy and momma to her boys," said Sylvia Espinoza, Gabina's sister.

But the sale didn't suffer, the community came out and bought their enchilada lunch -- making their donation to help this family see their hero.

"It's a community effort. We try to help everyone in the community so the community needs to get behind her and get her on her way," said Judy Griggs, a Floydada resident.

"It's just for a good cause. I know Gabina's just trying to get some money so she can go see her husband. She hasn't seen him in a long time, and it's just a good cause," said Carrie Terrell, a Floydada resident.

So far, they've raised about $500 towards their plane tickets, but that's not near enough, so the family plans to hold another enchilada sale in the coming weeks.

If you're interested in buying enchiladas during the next cookoff or even donating money or flight miles to the family, you can call Gabina's brother Gabino at (806) 786-5716.

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