RI food-truck proprietors deliver meals and treats to COVID recovery center for homeless

On Thursday, Christmas Eve, one big truck and one even bigger truck pulled into the parking lot of a hotel by the airport in Warwick. They were carrying some holiday cheer: Barbecue, cookies and coffee for homeless people recovering from COVID-19. 

“It does me good,” said Steve Gilman, the cookie, cupcakes and coffee guy, who hauled his bounty with a pickup truck. “I’m very thankful I have my family around me, and we’re all healthy. These are people that are on hard times, struggling and alone. You give them something nice, something homemade, hopefully it’ll brighten their day.” 

Steve Gilman, left, owner of Poppy's Waffles, helps Shane Caledonia, owner of Bonetown Burgers and BBQ, deliver meals on Christmas Eve to homeless people recovering at the state quarantine and isolation site in Warwick.

We’re nearing the end of a challenging year — especially for people experiencing homelessness. The state set up the hotel, on Post Road, for homeless people to quarantine and isolate if they test positive for COVID, an effort to stop its spread in crowded shelters and to get them the support they need. As Christmas approached, there were dozens of people who needed to use it. 

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