‘Give A Leg Up’ Foundation Hands Out Donations Throughout Dallas

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Published December 25, 2021 • Updated on December 25, 2021 at 7:16 pm

 By Julie Fine
'Give A Leg Up' Foundation Hands Out Donations Throughout Dallas

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It is the gift of giving.

“We were pulling up and they were waiting. They knew we come every year,” said Joel Knobowitz, of the Give a Leg Up Foundation.

Angel Lopez was there, and he received clothes and a hat.

“I come every year, and it’s a blessing ,” says Lopez.

This began about 9 years ago.  Don Kaye owns a sporting goods store.  He began filling a truck with merchandise and donations, and giving them out at a few locations in Dallas.  Now he has formed the Give a Leg Up Foundation.

“We love to help people, and I bring my family out.  My brother is with me, my wife is with me, usually one of my sons is with me, usually my grandkids come,  and it’s good to show them how to give back to people ,” said Don Kaye, Give A Leg Up Foundation.

They stop at several parking lots, and keep going until the truck is empty.  There is clothes, bags, shoes and more.

“I appreciate it, and it is a Merry Christmas today, so Merry Christmas Happy New Year,” said Anna Monsisvais.


NBC DFW – 2019 Christmas Day Hot Meals for Homeless and Dallas Familys in Need

On Christmas Day, a hot meal can mean so much to so many.

With thousands in need, one group came up with a plan to bring the relief straight to their neighborhoods.

NBC 5 followed volunteers as they started Christmas morning preparing for the day’s big mission.

“It’s going be a good day today,” said Don Knubowitz, who helped start the Give A Leg Up charity group several years ago.

It all began when Knubowitz and his family and friends were delivering meals on Thanksgiving 2013 near Fair Park but soon ran out before he could feed everyone.

Determined to not let the same thing happen weeks later at Christmas, Knubowitz worked with Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church and arranged to have three food trucks serve hundreds of meals.

And now for a fourth year in a row, Give A Leg Up has grown to put Christmas on “wheels” and bring hot meals to the streets of Dallas.

“We’re also bringing water, fruit, clothing, socks, shoes, gloves, hats — doing anything we can so that when the cold weather comes we can take care of those families,” said Pastor Kenneth King of Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church.

Steffani Bailin has volunteered since the beginning. She said because she is of Jewish faith, she likes to spend the Christmas holiday volunteering.

On Christmas, we found her organizing small bouquets of flowers to help bring a little extra love to those in need.

“Because when you’re hungry, you don’t think about things like this. You think, ‘you’re not able to get flowers, that’s for other people,'” Bailin said. “But this is such a nice, extra treat that they normally wouldn’t have.”

After sorting donated food from businesses like Trader Joe’s, Market Street and Starbucks, the volunteers ride in a caravan to three locations around the South Dallas and downtown area.

“I felt love, I felt appreciated and they made me feel pretty,” said Julie Ann Mitchell, who received some fresh flowers and snacks from volunteers.

Once on-site, the volunteers set up different stations for families to grab clothes, drinks, and snacks to go. Others are walking around and handing toiletry bags directly to individuals to make sure everyone’s needs are met.

One of the most innovative things about this effort is the food trucks. Four different trucks — Parrot Icce, Spin Sushi, 7 Sisters Gourmet Street Food and Jack’s Chow Hound — donated their time and resources to cook up more than 2,000 meals and deliver them straight to the people so that no one goes without food.

“I think this is a blessing from God,” said Ronald Luckey, who is currently living in the streets. “God sent them our way, God knows he taking care of us he watching over us.”

Craig Berry used to be homeless and stayed at the Austin Street Shelter, one of the feeding locations for Give A Leg Up. He stopped by to see the same efforts that helped him get off the streets.

“A lot of them, all they need is just an opportunity which society is not willing to give right now,” he said.

Seeing moments like this is what he says Christmas is all about.

“It’s just beautiful to see people coming together like this for people that they don’t even know and they decide to say ‘Hey, we can serve because we’ve been blessed so we’re just giving back,”‘ said Berry.

Give A Leg Up relies on the help of food trucks, donations and volunteers to keep the mission rolling every year at Christmas and Thanksgiving. If you’re interested in helping or becoming a volunteer, click here.

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Group Puts Christmas on Wheels to Bring Relief to Less Fortunate in Dallas

NBC 5 DFW Story: Food Trucks Make Special Christmas Deliveries

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Thursday, Dec 25, 2014 • Updated at 8:02 PM CST

A group of food trucks and volunteers came together to serve a combined 2,200 meals this Christmas in Dallas.

It all began when Don Kaye was delivering meals on Thanksgiving 2013 near Fair Park but soon ran out before he could feed everyone.

Determined to not let the same thing happen weeks later at Christmas, Kaye worked with Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church and arranged to have three food trucks serve hundreds of meals.

“Last year we started this event. We served 1,100 people and the people really appreciated this,” said Kaye.

This year, Kaye wanted to make the event even bigger, so he ordered five food trucks and began passing out fliers at Thanksgiving, telling people the trucks would be making several stops.

All in all, some 2,200 meals were served Thursday thanks to the help of volunteers from the church as well as Temple Anshai Torah.

“I don’t mind giving five of them. If they want them, if they want meals for a week, I would make it happen. This is the coolest thing that any of the food trucks in Dallas could ever do, and we are grateful for it,” said Audra Denny, who owns the food truck Pompeii.


D Magazine: Give a Leg Up to Set Up Food Trucks On Christmas Day to Feed People in Need


Last year, Don Knubowitz funded three food trucks to set up near Fair Park area and feed people who otherwise might not have had any sort of special Christmas dinner.  Don is the owner of D&J Sports in Dallas and has helped feed the homeless on Thanksgiving for the last several years.  On Christmas last year, Pompeii DFW, Eat Jo Dawgs, and ParrotIcce participated.  Don funded the event himself  and along with the food truck operators, was able to feed 1,000 people. This year, Don set up a 501(c)3 organization called Give a Leg Up to raise money and add more trucks.  This year, Jack’s Chowhound is also going to participate as well.  The team is hopes to triple the number of people  fed with a GoFundMe project. The donations will go towards the cost of goods and help the food truck operators who are foregoing profits, donating their time, gas, employees, and propane to make it a success. Don is also looking for help, so if you want to volunteer on Christmas afternoon, he can be reached at givealegup@givealegup.org.