Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Inaugural Trucks for Tots receives more than 1,200 gifts
The event gained support from nearly 30 food trucks.
DALLAS Food trucks from Dallas and Fort Worth gathered on an empty lot in Dallas to support the U.S. Marines annual Toys for Tots program. The gathering of 28 trucks is the largest gathering of food trucks in Texas at one time -- and it's 29 if you count the vintage clothing mobile truck that added to the day’s festivities by offering an incredible selection of ugly Christmas sweaters. And we hit 30 trucks counting Durty Laundry, a regular at events of all types in the great DFW area.
After overcast skies at the start, the sun burned through, resulting in a gorgeous day.
Toys by the hundreds were brought for the children. Marines were present to accept the toys. Some came with their arms loaded. A huge pop-up playground of bounce houses gave the kids a great place to play and local entertainers performed on stage.
DFW Rescue Me: A New Leash on Life was present to show dogs looking for a good home. Thanks to the tireless volunteers, several families will get to share this Christmas with a new member in the household and several dogs will have new, loving families for Christmas. DFW Rescue Me is an arm of Urban Paws, a Deep Ellum-based operation just across the street, who also provided the rooftop access for the great overview photos. Thank you, Urban Paws.
Congratulations to the organizers for the successes that were achieved:
The primary purpose of the event was to collect toys to support the Toys for Tots program, and more than 1,200 toys were collected.
The event provided a forum for DFW Rescue Me to find a home for some of the cutest and best behaved dogs I’ve ever seen.
And the event provided a venue for local musicians and vendors.
A super big thanks goes out to the food trucks, all of whom passed on much more lucrative bookings, to support Trucks for Tots. For the trucks, who waited for the customers that didn’t materialize as anticipated, it was a hard day. But as I circulated among the trucks and talked with owners, there was not a single one who wasn’t glad they’d supported such as worthy cause as Toys for Tots.
I hope you’ll make an extra effort to visit your favorite food truck, or better yet, try a new truck during this holiday season. The food trucks have paid it forward throughout the year and again in their support of Toys for Tots. Now it’s your turn.
The participating food trucks in this first ever Trucks for Tots event were:
Belgian Waffle, Bento Box, Bombay Chopstix, Cajun Tailgators, Easy Slider Truck, Eat Jo Dawgs, Enticed Shave Ice, Four Seasons, Gandolfo’s NY Deli, Gastro Bomber, Gepetto Pizza , Gina’s Organic Kitchen, Guava Tree, Jack’s Chowhound, Lab of the Streets, Lucky Ducky Dogs, Nammi Truck, Pompeii, Rock & Roll Tacos, Rock N’ Ricks, Rockstar Bakeshop, Ruthie’s, Ssahm BBQ, Taste of Home, The Stand, Three Lions, Tutta’s Pizza, Yellow Belly
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