#BaylorLights Profile: Aleena Huerta

December 19, 2018
Aleena Huerta
“Being here (at Baylor and in Waco) has brought to light a lot of things I’d never thought of before, especially the homeless population. A lot of times you think about people in different countries, because you see on the news what people are going through, but a lot of people don’t think of the people around you every day.

“So, I work at the homeless shelter for Mission Waco, the Meyer Center. It was a few weeks before winter break -- do you remember when it was super cold outside randomly? Well, this man came in, and he was so cold he couldn’t even walk. It was so sad. And we had nothing to give him, because the stuff at the shelter is mainly for people who stay there; it’s kind of like the benefit of staying there. So, we had nothing to give him, and he could’ve stayed at the shelter, but the policy is he couldn’t be there during the day if he’s not a resident, so we kind of had to be like, ‘Sorry, you have to go back outside.’ It was so sad, and then I told my parents about it, and they actually gave me money to go buy blankets and gloves and hand warmers... Then they mentioned the idea of -- because we have a community Facebook group, they mentioned writing a post about donating blankets. ... Then, two of my best friends -- one of them, she’s the community health chair with MAPS [Multicultural Association of Pre-health Students], then the other one is the vice president of AMWA [American Medical Women’s Association]. ... I’m the dental chair of the Latino Pre-Health Association ... We joined all of our groups and then put together the drive. We ended up with 191 blankets and 48 jackets.”

Aleena Huerta
-- Senior anthropology major (pre-dental)
-- San Antonio, TX
-- One of thousands of #BaylorLights
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