DFW Trucks for Tots – December 8, 2012

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; 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.

 

Some decorated for the event.

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 preformed on stage.

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.  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.

Scott of Three Lions fell in love with this little guy, don’t you think he would have made a great mascot for Three Lions?

Yes Scott we know, you can’t have a dog on the truck, and you don’t have anyone to take care of him if you are working.  But he sure did enjoy the love you gave him.

Future graffiti artists tried their hand at the Graffiti wall.

As night fell, Gepetto’s Pizza lighted the fireplace and the stockings were hung.   Good Night To All, Good Night.

 

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 over 1200 toys were collected.
  •  The event provided a forum for 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 Food 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 are:

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

 

The Sparkle in a Child’s Eye

 

DFW Food Trucks & Toys for Tots Goal: A Sparkle in Every Eye

The 90th Annual lighting of the National Christmas Tree is this week.  As dazzling as this spectacle will be, it pales in comparison to the sparkle in a child’s eye as they open a present on Christmas morning.  Every year, the U. S. Marine Corp Toys for Tots Program strives to assure that all children experience the wide-eyed wonderment that Christmas morning brings.  This year our Dallas-Forth Worth food trucks are partnering with local businesses and the Marines to support the Toys for Tots Program and help put a sparkle in the eye of every child in DFW.

Cash Donations will not be accepted (to the best of my knowledge) at the Toy Drives.  If you’d like to make a cash donation, you can do so by credit card at the Toys for Tots website.  Mail in donation forms are also available along with several ‘special’ donation types including In Memory or Tribute, Native American Program, by e-Bay sales, as a business gift or by donating your car.

December 6th

Blossoms On The Bricks is pairing with Sassy Hot Dogs for their Toy Drive 2012 on Thursday, December 6th, from 11 AM to 1 PM to benefit local children connected with Fort Worth Metro Ministries.  You’ll find them at 5023 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, TX.

The Gladney Center for Adoption and Gepetto’s Pizza Truck are sponsoring a Toy Drive the same day, Thursday, December 6th, from 11 AM to 1 PM.    The Gladney Center is located at 6300 John Ryan Drive,  Fort Worth, TX.

December 8th

If you can’t make the lighting of the National Christmas Tree, then you might want to plan to attend the Trucks for Tots Toy Drive on Saturday, December 8th.  This event is being held at 2505 Elm Street (corner of Elm and Gaston) in Deep Ellum from 11 AM – 7 PM.  There are confirmed commitments from more than 20 Dallas and Forth Worth Food Trucks to support this massive toy drive for the Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter of Toys for Tots.  Students from Lincoln High School and W. E. Greiner Exploratory Academy are sponsoring a drive to collect toys and bring them to the event with their family.  The United States Marines on hand to accept your toy donation will be joined by the Lincoln High School Marching Band plus pictures with Santa, bounce houses and more than 50 local vendors for holiday shopping.  A huge crowd is expected for this event.  You can leave the car and ride Dart right to the event (get off at the Deep Ellum Dart Station right across the street) and avoid any parking hassles!

The list of participating food trucks includes:  Rock & Roll Tacos, Rockstar Bakeshop, Easy Slider Truck, Ssahm BBQ, Gepetto’s Pizza, Three Lions, The Gastro Bomber, Bento Box, Bombay Chopstix, Cajun Tailgators, Eat Jo Dawgs, Four Seasons, Guava Tree, Jacks Chowhound, Lab of the Streets, Lucky Ducky Dogs, Nammi Truck, Pompeii, Rock N’ Ricks, Taste of Home, The Butchers Son, Three Lions, Tuttas and Yellow Belly and maybe more!

New update:  Live Music Schedule

December 16th

Bring a smile to a child’s face and a treat to your belly on December 16th by ringing an unwrapped toy to Fort Worth Food Park from 11 AM to 9 PM on December 16th.  Santa will be at the park from 1PM to 3PM for photo opportunities (bring your own camera).

There is nothing like the thought of a child’s smile to get into the Christmas spirit.  We encourage everyone to bring a new, unwrapped toy (or more!) so no child in Dallas – Fort Worth goes without on Christmas morning.  The sparkle in a child’s eye is priceless and precious.  Join us at one of these events or any of the other Toys for Tots Christmas Toy Drive events and help to make a child’s wish come true.

Food Truck Connection is proud to promote these worthy events.  If you are partnering with a DFW food truck to sponsor a Toys for Tots Toy Drive  and you’d like to be featured here, email a copy of your flyer and information to terry@foodtruckconnection.co (not .com) and I’ll be happy to add your information.