A former chef has lived in a van for 18 months after losing his job during the pandemic. His dream was to have his own food truck and a viral TikTok helped make that dream come true.
The Dream Machine Foundation and its team travel across the country to help as many people as possible. The organization is a non-profit organization with a mission to make the dreams of people around the world come true; the people the organization serves are those who lack the finances, resources, or support to make their dreams come true.
The group visited Colorado Springs and met Tony Rojas, a homeless chef who dreams of owning a food truck. “We fell in love with him and he started crying, but we looked him in the eye and this man has something special about him,” said Charlie Rocket, who runs the foundation
The interaction was shared on TikTok and the video received more than 35 million views in 24 hours. In the video you can hear Rojas say: “I just wanted to cook food for people. I just don’t want to give up. ”
Rojas lost his job during the pandemic and has lived in a van with his wife for 18 months. The foundation also paid for a haircut and new clothes.
To help Rojas achieve her dream, the foundation organized a fundraiser so that people could try some of her food. Thousands of dollars in donations flowed in and the foundation surprised Rojas with a $ 40,000 food truck. “It is surreal. He’s like a baseball player moving from Triple-A to the majors. You’re in the big show now and it’s time to step up and see all those smiles that await you, ”said Rojas.
Rocket said that despite her situation, Rojas never stopped pursuing her dream. “Tony is so special, even though he’s homeless, we can’t judge people for where they are in life because he’s been taken down,” he said.