This Food Truck Is Serving Free Meals to Victims and Families in Las Vegas

The Las Vegas shooting was yet another devastating event in our country, taking the lives of 58 people and wounding almost 500 others. It’s been heartbreaking to read and watch updates, but positive stories like this help give share a little light in the midst of darkness.

A Las Vegas food truck that once actually catered at the Route 91 Harvest Festival is giving back by serving free meals to those affected this tragedy! Christian Guzman, owner of Dragon Grille, has been taking his truck and team to different hospitals and hotels around Vegas since the shooting on Sunday, serving up delicious sliders and bulgogi to victims and families. “We just wanted to show the world it doesn’t matter how big the city is,” Christian said. “We still have small town mentality, and we can come together as a whole and help when help is needed.”

 

One of Christian’s friends who works at a non-profit reached out to him this week about catering to volunteers, offering to pay him. Christian agreed to help but didn’t take the money, simply doing this from the kindness of his heart, especially since he has history with the festival where the shooting took place. “I’ve been doing that event for the past three years. It just happened this year they didn’t call me to do it,” he admitted. “That kind of pushed me to wake up, knowing I could have been there.”

But Christian didn’t stop there. He called up a bunch of other food trucks around, including  50 Shades of Green, Cousins Maine Lobster, Pablo’s Kitchen, Stripchezze and Blitz Boba, asking if they would help serve as well. The owners and workers were happy to help, and some other trucks even stepped up after seeing others giving up their time and energy.

Throughout this week, Christian guessed that he and his team have served up about 500 meals a day, serving volunteers, victims, and families that need some good after experiencing so much hurt and loss. The food truck owner, though shaken up by the shooting, will get Dragon Grille back up and running very soon. “We’re still in shock. We’re still trying to wrap our head around everything that’s going on,” he shared. “But [large events are] basically our bread and butter. We can’t be afraid all the time.”

It’s awesome that, even in this time of sorrow and confusion, that the city of Vegas and others across the country and the world are all coming together to help uplift those struggling. Christian and all of these other food truck teams putting aside their time and money to do this is definitely no small thing! It’s really moving that they would all help out in this amazing way.

My thoughts and prayers continue to be with the victims and families affected by this terrible tragedy.

Inspirational Jam: “Never Give Up”-Yolanda Adams

“And though it’s simple your idea
It won’t make sense to everybody
You need courage now if you’re gonna persevere…”

                                    —Yolanda Adams (“Never Give Up”)

Gospel legend Yolanda Adams delivered this motivating hit, “Never Give Up,” back in 2001, but the message obviously still rings true. When you have a vision for your life, and start really working on making it a reality, so many things happen. Some doors open…some slam right in your face. Some people support you, while others laugh or discredit you. It can be a real up and down journey, with the end far from sight.

However, as Yolanda sings on this song, it’s important that we keep our dreams alive and not be so afraid or discouraged at the bad moments that we give up entirely. I’d be lying to you if I said you’ll never have a moment of doubt or fear. I still have mine, and many others who you may look up to probably do as well. But, when you have a dream that you’re passionate about, your true life’s purpose, you can’t give up on it or yourself.  “Every victory comes in time…work today to change tomorrow.”

Watch the inspiring video below!

 

Words of Wisdom: “Own Your Mistakes”-Salma Hayek

Words of wisdom that I’m sharing with you all today come from the amazing and talented Salma Hayek!

In an interview a few years back with Bystander Revolution, the actress dropped some serious gems, one of which I’m glad to have learned at a young age. Salma strongly advised us all to own our mistakes in life. Mistakes, after all, are how we learn and improve in our personal and professional lives!

Check out Salma’s advice below!

I’ve made A LOT of mistakes of my own over my short time on this earth. Some when it came to school. Some when it came to my writing career. A good bit in my personal life, too. We all do. We all mess up. We all miss the mark. We all are imperfect. And it’s okay…as long as you’re working to correct your mess ups.

For myself, some of my many struggles over the years included procrastination, grudges, and attitude problems—each of which led to a good deal of issues. With these struggles, I made a lot of mistakes in my work and relationships, and had to learn the hard way in order to improve. If I hadn’t have made some of the mistakes I did along my path, finally owned up to them, and worked to do better the next time, I would’ve continued to excuse bad behavior, inconsistent work, and terrible discipline. So I’m glad that I made the mistakes I did, and actually learned from them.

So own up to your faults, your screw ups, your mistakes in life. Like I said, we’re all imperfect. We can only strive to be better each day, learning and growing from each fault as time goes on.

#MondayMotivation

Good morning y’all! Yeah, I know, it’s Monday morning and, already, you want to be back in bed. Here’s some #MondayMotivation to keep you forging ahead!

Let me tell y’all. No matter what you see online or on TV, at work, or wherever, there is no thing as a real overnight success. That’s why one of the things you have to let go of is comparing yourself to other people because you don’t know what they went through or how hard they worked to get to where they are right now.

This quote from retired soccer legend Pelé is so true. Success isn’t a coincidence. It’s no accident. It doesn’t just pop up after putting in a little bit of time behind the scenes. It comes with a lot of prayer, hard work, rejection, tears, networking, strength, and perseverance. A LOT. Trust me. And it’s constant. Once you even reach where you want to be, then you have to focus on staying there and continuing to advance. The struggle is very real, y’all.

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But what keeps you going, ultimately, is true love and passion for whatever it is that you are doing. Once you find that, continue to work at it, invest in it, study it, and grow. The success will come, but you gotta keep pushing y’all!

Foundation Created In Honor of Boy Killed By Gator, Will Help Kids In Need of Organ Transplants

Last year, headlines swarmed around the heartbreaking story of a 2-year-old boy killed by an alligator at Disney World. Now his parents have decided to turn the tragedy into something positive.

Matt and Melissa Graves are paying wonderful tribute to son Lane‘s memory with The Lane Thomas Foundation! The foundation will seek to help families of kids who need organ transplants in Omaha by paying for travel and living expenses, while the children are being treated at Children’s Hospital or Nebraska Medicine. Already, 15 families have received assistance from the foundation for non-medical expenses! It’s a great idea to honor their little boy.

“Lane had a very special light about him. We promised him at his wake we would turn this tragedy into good for many families,” Matt said during a press conference.

I can’t even begin to imagine the hurt and pain that Matt and Melissa have gone through. However, I think it’s truly awesome that they are doing this in honor of Lane. It’s a struggle for any family to have to see their child go through a transplant, and then deal with with the financial burdens along with all of that is even worse. It’s great that this new foundation will help to ease those burdens a little bit.

Matt and Melissa are in my thoughts, and I hope that this foundation is successful and helps as many families as possible!