So, we had a great day in Providence today.

The RIDC Food Truck participated in Providence’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade today, and we had a blast!!!

Take a peek at the crew getting ready while we were waiting for our turn to start – I can’t get enough of these smiles:

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I am so proud of this crew.  Most of members of this crew was, or still are, homeless.  Don’t let that fool you, though, as they are some of the most fun people to be around, and I enjoy every second hanging around with them.  Seeing this group doing positive things with their lives totally makes my day!  I love being able to give them a chance to be a part of something important.

By the end of the parade, we had even picked up a few more walkers….here’s the whole bunch:Image

Something else really cool happened – when one of my co-workers found out the Food Truck was going to be in the parade this year, she held a fundraiser at work and hooked us up with over 50 $5 gift cards to Dunkin Donuts and Subway for us to hand out to the homeless that we saw along the parade route.  What a blessing it was – we gave all of them away today directly from the truck…pretty cool to be able to treat the homeless to a sub or some nice, fresh coffee – it was awesome being in the parade but actually doing what we do best at the same time…hey, why not take the opportunity to bless some of the homeless along the way!!!!  Thanks MG – you are super special and we really appreciate your generosity!!!  Check out how nice she made the cards up:Image

Walking in the parade made all of us feel special.  Waving to all the people and having them cheer us on made us feel valued.  At the very end of the parade, the announcer on the loudspeaker gave a huge shoutout to the RI Dream Center, yelling into the mic about what a great job we do for the city and how proud he is of us…it really make all of us feel great to be recognized for our hard work.  When we were done, the crew was all smiles and all they could talk about was how we could make it even bigger and better next year.

I agree – can’t wait to see where this goes next year!!!!!!!!

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