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Tribute To Ben Perea

Rep. Scott McInnis

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Mr. Speaker, I rise before this body of Congress today to pay tribute to an outstanding citizen from my district. Ben Perea of Pueblo West, Colorado selflessly dedicates his time and services to helping the children of a Mexican orphanage. His hard work and dedication are an inspiration, and I am honored to recognize him here today.

Once a month for the past two years, Ben has made the long trip from Pueblo West to Chihuahua, Mexico to deliver clothing, food, and supplies to the 120 children of the Casa Hogar Misericordia (House of Mercy) orphanage. His devotion and selflessness have improved the lives of countless children.

Ben collects all of the supplies that he can and then takes them himself to the children of Chihuahua. Though Ben helps the children obtain more than just food and clothing, in November of 2002, he was able to secure a 72-seat school bus for the orphanage to help these children attend school.

Mr. Speaker, I am honored to stand and recognize the selfless actions of Ben Perea. His dedication and service have improved the lives of hundreds of children. I join with my colleagues in commending Ben for his endless work and wish him the best of luck in all of his future endeavors.