The Ultimate American Dream

The Incredible True Story About Ray, His Candy Store, And Community Kindness That Makes America Great!

It was 36 years ago.  That’s when Ray immigrated to the United States…he had $10 in his pocket, a tremendous work ethic and a desire for the American Dream.

Ray worked hard for years.  Then, he worked some more.  Instead of going into debt, Ray saved his money. When he had amassed $30,000, he bought a candy store.  Ray didn’t slow down.   He continued to work hard, and built a wonderful little family business in the East Village of New York City.  Everyone knew his candy store.  It wasn’t just a store, it was part of the neighborhood – part of the East Village family.

That’s what 36 years of working hard and doing the right thing for your customers and neighbors will create.  But, times changed.  The United States entered its biggest recession/depression since the Great Depression.

Ray’s profits dwindled…and dwindled.

He cut back and tried to make ends meet.  Before he knew it, he could not pay his monthly rent.  Things were getting worse and worse, and he thought he was going to have to…

Close His Doors For Good!

Ray had come to America with $10 and a dream and he lived that dream for 36 years. Now, it was all going to end in the blink of an eye.

When word got out that Ray and his store were in deep trouble, the neighborhood who loved him responded. It began when a customer asked Ray this strange question…

“Did you pay your rent?”

“No, I’m a little short.”

The man, without hesitation, reached into his pocket and handed Ray $200.  Then he said, “Go pay your rent.”

That was just the beginning.  Soon after that, two students, Arianna Gil and Emily Allan, decided they were going to make a difference in not only Ray’s life, but the world.

Arianna and Emily decided they were going to work for Ray. They were going to work around the store and do deliveries…


That’s right.  While all their friends were out having fun on a Saturday night, they were on their bikes or skateboards making deliveries for Ray, simply out of the kindness of their hearts.

Their pay was seeing Ray keep his store and the life he had worked so hard for.

Arianna and Emily took it a step further…They went on Facebook and Twitter and got other kids to volunteer.

Then, other people in the neighborhood held a fundraiser and raised $3,000 for Ray.

At this time, Ray is still in business – although he is facing a $25,000 bill for a new ventilation system demanded by the New York City environmental police.  A betting man would lay odds on Ray and the people who love him doing whatever it takes to get that bill paid.

But no matter what, Ray’s story shows what’s really special about America…How people can come together, work hard and live out their dreams.

America is truly the land of opportunity.  You just have to put in the time and effort to get it done.

Ray’s Candy store is located at 113 Ave A, New York, NY 10009, and the phone number is (212) 505-7609.  Just in case you are in the mood for something sweet!
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