Community rallies around resident dealing with tragedies

DOWNEY - The United Developmental Football League will hold two games June 25 at Downey High School, with all proceeds benefiting Downey resident Trevor Morales.About three months ago, Morales' father died. While still grieving, he learned that his mother was very ill, so Morales traveled to Florida to be with her. Morales spent three days in Florida visiting with his mother. When he returned home, he realized his house had been burglarized. The thief ransacked the home, taking the majority of his valuables. Among the items stolen was a safe containing cash he and his fiance had been saving for a wedding this summer. Two days later, his mother died. "Through all of this, Trevor has shown those that work with him just how resilient, positive, dedicated, understanding, compassionate, forgiving, focused (I can go on and on) he really is," said Geoff Slayer, distribution center manager at Coca-Cola in Downey. "Trevor is a true role model to his peers, direct reports and those around him, which is the reason why he has so many people willing to help him in his times of tribulations." On June 25, residents are invited to watch two football games at Downey High, with event proceeds going to Morales. Organizers hope to raise enough money to pay for the couple's wedding this summer. The first game starts at 3 p.m. Admission is $10.

********** Published: June 9, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 8