How a Visalia man helps homeless people.


Visalia resident Ronnie Mesa spearheaded a plan to help the homeless, just before Christmas, in Visalia on Dec. 20, 2020.

Making burritos is how Ronnie Mesa shows he cares for people. 

Over the last five years, the Visalia resident has given burritos to those in need — including homeless people, according to his wife, Samantha Mesa.

Burritos are affordable, easy to make and give away, she explained.

This year, Ronnie wanted to “do something bigger” to help others, she said. He started the #KeepVisaliaWarm campaign on Facebook to raise money to feed and clothe those without food and shelter. 

With help from friends and family, Ronnie purchased and distributed breakfast burritos, hot chocolate, and more than 100 bundles of blankets and clothing to homeless people in Visalia on Dec. 20, according to Samantha.

“It was pretty awesome for him to do this,” Samantha said. “I hope we can make it a bigger thing in the future.”

Burritos and bundles 

The number of homeless people increased in the northeast Visalia neighborhoods Ronnie and Samantha each grew up in.

“For (Ronnie), it’s a big deal,” she said. “I didn’t struggle. I had a good childhood. Whereas for him, it was challenging.”

Visalia resident Ronnie Mesa spearheaded a plan to help the homeless, just before Christmas, in Visalia on Dec. 20, 2020.

“When he sees the homeless, it hits him harder, especially seeing kids struggling,” she added. “That pushes him to teach our kids there are people out there who don’t have a decent life and to help them.” 

It took about three weeks for the Mesa family to compile the 115 bundles they gave away to those living outside near north Santa Fe Street and along St. John’s River. Both areas have a high population of homeless people.  





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