A day’s profits for kids: Food truck chef donates to children’s hospital

HARLINGEN — A new business created a base for food truck chef Alfonso E. Guerra to give something back.

Guerra is managing partner of Heaven’s Smokey BBQ, a mobile food truck on the city streets which sells brisket, burgers and pulled pork.

He’s only been in business for six months, yet that was long enough for him to feel it was time to make a gesture of appreciation for his own blessings.

So he dedicated a day’s profits to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.

“I believe kids are the future,” Guerra said. “I had some bad experiences when I was a kid, especially when I was in school. I was classified with a learning disability, I was dyslexic.

“I had teachers tell me I would never amount to anything because my writing skills were horrible, and my reading skills were bad,” he said.

“I don’t think any kid should have to go through that.”

The best way to help kids, he decided, was through St. Jude.

“I strongly believe that what the doctors are doing there is a really good thing, and as a small business owner, I think helping out kids with cancer is the biggest thing I could do,” Guerra said.

So every June 20, Guerra said his profits will be donated to St. Jude, just as he did with the more than $1,000 he sent to the children’s hospital this year.

“I don’t want them giving up,” he said. “I might not be able to donate much, but I can say for sure every June 20th — that’s my birthday — and every June 20th I am going to donate 100 percent of my profits to St. Jude.”

The location of Heaven’s Smoky BBQ truck on a given day can be found on the business’s Facebook page.