It was an exciting day for a group of 33 travelers that had been stranded in Lake Charles, Louisiana, since November 11. They travel in a bus and call it “Not a [expletive deleted] Kitchen Kitchen.” Their bus broke down on the I-10 bridge and they have been in the Target parking lot. They had been waiting for a new transmission, but instead got a new bus. Cheers filled the air as the bus drove into the target parking lot.
The group of travelers traveled in an old school bus, painted white, decorated with things written in permanent markers such as the names of people, dogs, and cats that traveled on the bus and sayings such as “We don’t stop playing because we get old, we get old because we stop playing,” and “This is not a bus.”
The new bus is still yellow and I was told that a lot of work needs to be done as most of the seats need to be stripped from the bus. However, they were happy to be able to start moving from Lake Charles as one of the travelers, Maddie, told me that they were trying to head to Austin, TX.
The group is made up of people who used to be street kids. They rarely get to shower or bathe, but they are used to the lifestyle.
Shareef explained their mission to feed people and respect people for who they are without judgement. He also explained how they take part in “rainbow gatherings,” which are gatherings where about 1,000 people gather in the woods to feed anybody that comes along with food that is either gathered or bought with the money donated to the group. The group doesn’t look for anything in return, but they are thankful for any donations that people give them. The group’s clothes are also donated.
They also take in dogs and cats as they are currently traveling with 20 dogs and three cats. Hoss took the time to introduce a few of the dogs: Tango Hombre, Rufus, Noodle Dog, and Ruca.
Now that a new bus has arrived, their mission of feeding the homeless and hungry around the country can continue.