A love story

EVERYDAY HEROES

This is a love story. It starts in sunny California. He is handsome ex-Air Force pilot, now flying a desk for a government agency. She is a beautiful dark haired Filipina serving as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. Both care about their health and each would run around a nearby lake every morning. As fate would have it, they met, fell in love and got married.

BUT THAT IS NOT THE END OF THE LOVE STORY

As Jack and Penny looked around Dumaguete City they saw the “faceless ones”. The children you meet everyday but never really see. They are the children who park your motorcycle, sell you peanuts and dozens of other “invisible” jobs. These children struggle to survive one day at a time. Seeing the need, they opened their home and hearts. There are now twenty nine adopted children with a new home and brighter future.

BUT THAT IS NOT THE END OF THE LOVE STORY

Raising such a large family is not easy or cheap. The cost each month is over 70, 000 pesos and getting more expensive all the time. While they do have several sponsors, Jack and Penny have never been very good at asking others for help. They decided if their family is to grow they need a reliable source of income besides their retirement checks. They needed a business, but not just any business. They needed a business that was good for the Philippines as well as their bank balance. Penny is a nurse. She knows that Soy Milk is the perfect drink for healthy adults. It has zero fat to clog your heart and is almost pure protein. Using the finest soy beans in the world they make the freshest best tasting soy milk in the Philippines . Now people who drink their soy milk not only help the children but are healthier because of it.

BUT THAT IS NOT THE END OF THE LOVE STORY

Jack handed me, with pride, a picture of his extended family. He saw his children: I saw the future. These are tomorrow’s lawyers, doctors, teachers, maybe even the next President of this great country. A wise man once said, “As long as people remember your name you are immortal”. Many generations to come will remember the name Jack and Penny Washington. They will be “immortal”. They are today’s “Everyday Heroes”.

BUT EVEN THIS IS NOT THE END OF THE LOVE STORY