Unpaid soldiers meet ‘guardian angel,’ receive $17K donation

Posted at: 08/29/2013 6:42 PM
By: Ryan Luby, KOB Eyewitness News 4

More than two dozen Albuquerque soldiers met the woman who agreed to pay their bills after the Army failed to issue them paychecks on time.

The 4 On Your Side team first reported the story on Wednesday.  The Army said an “administrative oversight” was to blame.

When a woman who prefers to be referred to as “Cynthia” saw the story, she agreed to give the soldiers $600 each – totaling roughly $17,000

Thursday evening, “Cynthia” brought a stack of $100 bills to a Mario’s Pizzeria to distribute to each of the soldiers.  In return, they presented her a flag as show of their appreciation.

Mario’s Pizzeria also pledged $1 from every sale to help the soldiers.

“It feels awesome to see the community pull through and help us out in tough times like these,” Adrian Miramontes said.

“It’s overwhelming to see the response of everybody coming forward to help these soldiers, to make ends meet,” Lawrence Lovato said.

The Army said it will eventually issue the paychecks next week.