SUN CITY (3TV/CBS 5) - Renee Fugiel stops by the drive-thru at a McDonalds in Sun City every day.

And several times a week, she looks out the window and sees McDonalds manager Oswaldo Landaverde feeding the homeless or giving them money out of his own pocket.

One encounter stands out more than most.

"The gentleman was upset, and he grabbed their elbow,as well as shaking their hand," said Fuigel. "I think he was telling them it was going to be alright, and gave them a bag of food. The expression on his face changed from dismal to it's going to be OK."

The restaurant manager's random acts of kindness have been going on for about two years now, every since Landaverde started working at the Bell Road and 100th Avenue location.

Folks in need will gather outside at different times of the day.

"I always put myself in their shoes," said Landaverde. "I think about what if that was me, what if that was one of my relatives going through that. I would want somebody to give to them, even if it was just a sandwich, a dollar or two, anything that would help."

Fuigel knows Oswaldo doesn't want or need any attention, but that didn't stop her from reaching out to CBS 5 to Pay It Forward to the McDonald's manager.

"He is making a difference," said Fuigel. "He's making people feel like they are someone, they are special, and you don't meet too many people like that these days."

Fuigel stopped by to surprise Landaverde this week and give him $500.

"I've noticed quite a few times that you've taken time to give homeless people food and shake their hand and give them money out of your own pocket," said Fuigel. "I called Channel 5 because I want you to be recognized. On behalf of our community and Channel 5, and myself, we want to say thank you and Pay it Forward by giving you $500."

"Any time there's anybody in need, and if there's anything I can do, I will gladly do it," said Landaverde. "At the end of the day, sometimes we all just need a helping hand."

Jason Barry is best known for his Dirty Dining Report which airs Fridays at 6:30 p.m. on CBS 5.  He is also the storyteller behind CBS 5's Pay It Forward which airs every Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
 
 


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Jason Barry is a nine-time Rocky Mountain Emmy Award winner who is best known for his weekly Dirty Dining reports highlighting local restaurants with major health code violations.

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MyOwnMind

No wonder that McDonalds was always nasty tasting. Nice way to enable the homeless and keep them from seeking help. I'll never go there/

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