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Student Raises Rs 19 Lakh for 77-Year-Old Former Teacher Who Was Living Out of His Car

Student Raises Rs 19 Lakh for 77-Year-Old Former Teacher Who Was Living Out of His Car

Steven Nava, a former student of a 77-year-old substitute teacher named Jose Villarruel -- who is also known as Mr V -- gifted him a cheque of USD 27,000 after he saw his teacher living in a car

Teachers form the base using which a student can achieve all tha the desires for and earn a happy living. Therefore, if a teacher is in need, a student can always offer a helping hand. This is what has happened in the United States where a 21-year-old man gave a cheque of USD 27,000 (Rs 19 lakhs) to his former teacher. His gesture has won the hearts of many and at the same time has also taught people to be kind and helpful to others.

Steven Nava, a former student of a 77-year-old substitute teacher named Jose Villarruel — who is also known as Mr V — gifted him a cheque of USD 27,000 after he saw his teacher living in a car (1997 Ford Thunderbird LX) amid the COVID-19 crisis in the US. Steven started an online campaign by creating a GoFundMe page to raise the amount. He even posted videos on TikTok to advertise his campaign.

According to the information available, Jose was a very popular teacher among his students. However, he had to resign from his job when the coronavirus pandemic started spreading, as majority of the schools had to switch to remote learning.

Jose informed during an interview with Fox 11 Los Angeles that he resigned from his school in May,after which he managed to complete all the paperwork and agreements to get his pension. He received his cheque after that but unfortunately, the amount was not enough as he had many debts to pay.

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When Nava saw his former teacher, he offered him USD 300 and after that, he set up a GoFundMe page. Praising the efforts and social media, Nova said the power of social media is so big now and should be used for the good and not bad.

Nava also tweeted about the same on his Twitter account and wrote that he always noticed this older man staying out in his car constantly at a parking lot near his house, even when the weather was bad.

first published:March 15, 2021, 12:34 IST