Fire doesn’t stop local restaurant from serving others

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla -- Hospitality doesn't have restrictions. When Ashley Jiron opened "The Taco" in Oklahoma City, her goal was to feed everyone, regardless of circumstance. Jiron said, "Everyone is welcome whether they have money or not. that has always been our goal."

To date, Ashley and her girls have served more than 600 free meals.

But earlier this summer, a fire destroyed Ashley's small Mexican restaurant on NW 63rd. It could not her conquer her ministry.

Friend, Jenny Collazo told us, "She decided it wasn't going to keep her from getting school supplies to the families that she helps. They set up tables, fed them pizza and gave them school supplies because she said there had to be some happiness somewhere.

Jenny recently found herself in dire straights. but didn't have the courage to seek help. She said, "She didn't actually know but we had been really really struggling, my family of 5. I had been crying and crying that day and I get a text message from Ashley that there is something on the side of my house. And I go outside and find three bags of groceries and 20 dollars. She had no idea we were going through this. She just wanted to help me. Answered prayer."

Ashley's compassion for others is one reason Jenny nominated her for First Fidelity Bank's Pay It Forward. Bank representative, Michelle Jensen said, "At First Fidelity Bank we want to tell Ashley that we are so impressed with what she does for the community. And we want to give $400 and pay it forward."

We surprised Ashley at her home recently.

While her restaurant is being renovated Ashley Jiron will serve in other ways. This money, she says -- is earmarked for others, desperate for blessing. Jiron pledged, "I'm going to keep on paying it forward. You have no idea!"

Pay It 4Ward is sponsored by First Fidelity Bank.