ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - There's been an outpouring of support from the community after learning a mobile food truck that serves the homeless in Anchorage was vandalized.
Seventy-nine-year-old Cheong Kim continues to work as a custodian while operating "Mr. Kim's Food Truck" with limited resources. Kim has operated the food truck for 16 years, until a setback on April 26. Vandals broke into the truck. All of the food inside was stolen, and even some gas was siphoned out of the tank.
Since word spread of the break-in, he's received an outpouring of support. He was gifted with a $1000 gift card to Costco from Perkup Espresso. Mechanics at Ace Auto Body have helped him with some repairs — enough to get the truck back on the road. He's also replenished some of the food in his truck with donations, and money from his own pocket.
Kim says he does all of this because he remembers what it was like to be poor and hungry.
"I was 11 years old during the Korean War in 1950, and I saw my brother get taken away," said Kim. "I still can remember how poor we were back then."
After receiving help from the United States, he wanted to give back.
"Now that I am healthy and leading a good life, I never can forget how bad it was and how poor and hungry we were back then," said Kim. "Remembering that each day, I want to help people who are hungry, who don't have homes, who are poor."
Kim plans on using the Costco gift card to do a hot dog cookout for the homeless on June 21 at Lions Community Park in Mountain View.
His food truck is operating as an organization with pending 501c3 status, and the non-profit is called "The Daehan Senior Association in Alaska." Anyone wishing to donate can visit their GoFundMe page, here.
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