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Acts of Kindness: Angela Urquiaga

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LAS VEGAS - Angela Urquiaga has been working at Rancho High School for 13 years. Twelve years ago, she realized children were coming to school hungry and some of them were homeless.

She began setting aside some of the money she makes as the school registrar to buy food for the kids she calls her babies.

Aaron Kaaronkay is one of them. He's a senior at Rancho High School and has been living in shelters and on couches for several years.

"She's helped me out a lot the past four years. I met her my freshman year. When you have nothing, your parents aren't there for you. She's here for you," he said. "Sophomore year, I came here like every day asking for food. I was just so hungry. I'm very thankful we have her at this school."

Angela goes to school early so she can make sure kids don't go to class hungry. She even keeps her office open during the summer, because she knows for many students, she's the only source of food.

Between what she spends and the donations she receives, she's able to keep up the large stocks of food, clothes and school supplies in her office. Kids will stop by throughout the day and pick up what they need. She also keeps supplies in her car.

"On the weekends, she'll drive around the neighborhood looking for kids who need food. She'll drive to the homeless shelter," said Angela's friend Angelica Goodrich.

It doesn't stop with food and clothes. Angela has helped several homeless students with their paperwork to get into and pay for college. She has also inspired other volunteer efforts around the community.

"Last year, she had a student who was just her and her father. Her father was having surgery. They had no family. (Angela) went and sat with them all night. Even after her dad was in recovery, she went and sat with her - made sure she was okay," Goodrich said.

There's a reason behind Angela's efforts. The single mom is no stranger to hardship.

"I was married, and I was abused," she said. "I was in a one bedroom apartment with my five children, and at nighttime sometimes, we only had bread and mayonnaise to eat. I struggled, but I'm a warrior."

Goodrich nominated Angela Urquiaga for 8 News NOW's new series Acts of Kindness. As a result, Angela received $800 from 8 News NOW for her efforts in the community.

If you have someone you want to nominate who you think has done an act or acts of kindness and can use a little help, submit your nomination here or email us.

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