Acts of Kindness: Felix Silva - 8 News NOW

Acts of Kindness: Felix Silva

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LAS VEGAS - For 29 years, Felix Silva has volunteered his time to University Medical Center.

"I feel like the hospital is part of me, you know? I've been here for so long," he said.

"The average volunteer probably does part of a day, two days, in a week's time," said UMC Chief Human Resources Officer John Espinoza. "Felix basically puts in six to seven hours everyday throughout the week, so he's there basically just like an employee."

Felix carries in his wallet a letter given to him by the hospital in 1996, thanking him for 30,000 hours of volunteer work at UMC. It's something he's very proud of.

He does it all. Felix helps people at the information desk, distributes mail around the hospital, helps with fundraisers and assists patients when he can.

"I've taken people up to maternity. They get up to maternity, and they get on the elevator with me, and then they'll say, ‘You remember me?' I'll say, ‘No.' ‘You took me up when I was having a baby, and here's my daughter,' and oh, it's a big girl," he said.

That's not the only time Felix left a lasting impression. UMC Human Resources Manager Prabha Iyengar-Cox, who has known Felix for 17 years, shares what a difference he's made in her son's life.

"My son is 17-years-old and wanted to volunteer at UMC, and when he came on board, I assigned him to Felix, because I've seen Felix work and how much dedication he has for UMC," she said. "He taught him so many things - not just work, but on a personal level.  What youngsters should learn these days and how they should behave and who they should hang with and what kind of practices they should have. They had the best summer, and I have to say that Felix and my son have become best friends."

Felix means so much to so many people at UMC, his presence has become invaluable to the hospital and its staff.

"We love him, and we want another 29 years out of him," said Ivengar-Cox.

8 News NOW decided it was time to reward Felix Silva for his efforts – giving him $800 as part of its weekly series Acts of Kindness.

If you have someone you want to nominate for Acts of Kindness, visit our website or e-mail us.

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