MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2 / Fox 24) – Hundreds flocked to The Destination Midland on Sunday for the 2020 Food Truck Battle, but both food truck workers and customers came out to support a good cause.
Ruben and Idalia Carrasco own the Pachuco Mobile Food Company. The Carrascos organized this year’s food truck battle to help local youth find a brighter future.
“We decided to do something for the community, for the Permian Basin and something for a good cause which is the Basin Dream Center for Orphans,” Ruben Carrasco said.
The Basin dream Center helps young girls struggling with homelessness by providing them housing, education and a path towards a career. Tina Gillihan, who co-founded the center with her husband, said her own experience growing up drove her to help others.
“I grew up in a home with teenage parents and there were some addiction there,” Gillihan said.” You know I just can relate to any young girl who had dreams and not have someone who can really be there a support them.”
For the entire day hundreds of people had been lining up at the food trucks parked outside of The Destination Midland. Gillihan said she is grateful for all the help the Basin Dream Center has been getting from the community.
“You know when girls come to us, they come to us with nothing,” Gillihan said. ” Just having a fundraiser like this especially during the COVID time period where we can’t really get out and fundraiser, this is huge for us really.”
And with the help of Sunday’s food truck battle Gillihan hopes the Basin Dream Center can expand their mission in the near future.
“I hope that we can rescue allot of girls from being on the streets and we can provide a future for them.”
If you would like to help the Basin Dream Center for Orphans help more girls in need, you can make a donation on their website.