As the summer heat blisters on, El Paso kids are quick to forget that dogged school bell, ever ticking away at their vacations. Every second gone by brings them closer to a new school-year riddled with enigmatic math problems and how-to essays for homework. . .
No, its really not that dire. Who hasn’t felt the excitement of summer vacations dwindle with oppressive shackles of boredom in +100ºF heat?
The truth is though that some kids in the area really do need help with school when it comes to supplies and clothing.
It’s a hard knock life for some kids in our region whose parents can’t afford to send them along to Teacher with much more than a shiny red apple for Teacher’s desk.
Not an easy gig for any masked crusader. Every child needs an education though and there are those in our city who are willing to strap on the cape of compassion.
Headed by Angel Gomez, Operation H.O.P.E (Helping Other People Endure) has been gathering donations and raising funds to bring shoes, backpacks and basic school supplies to the children who need them most.
Operation H.O.P.E was established in 2009 by Mr. Gomez and Ron Standing with the mission of “helping people endure during times of hardship by delivering food baskets during holidays, helping with home improvements and repairs, and scholarships.”
It also seems that H.O.P.E is well connected in the superhero world. If you happened to drive by the Walgreens on Mesa and Shadow Mountain on July 30th, you might have caught a glance of a few recognizable masks. Batman and Batgirl, Wonder Woman and (*amazingly) both The Amazing Spider-Man and his black-suited (and equally amazing) Spider-Man counterpart took time off their busy ZIP!-ing, POW!-ing and BAM!-ing schedule to pose for photos with kids (and enthusiastic adults) to encourage the donations for Operation H.O.P.E.
The heroes under the masks?
In their daily lives, these guys work as firemen, cops, CPR instructors and journalists. Real heroes dressed as more colorful ones. They go by Kandolite Flores, Marco Parra, Rubi Gomez, Joe Diaz and Jesus Hernandez.