6 days a week, Bridgette Robinson and her husband are still feeding meals to those in need, two months after the derecho tore through the area.
Their effort is now being called Bridge Under the Bridge. Robinson told KWWL Friday it's the community that keeps her going.
"There's been such a nice outpour. People will come by just to say thank you. When we sit and, you know, we have the grill going and stuff, people will ride by and blow their horns and wave. It's been nice under here. People have really shown that we're doing something that matters and that they care that we're out here," said Robinson.
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Original story (9/10/20):
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) - The Cedar Rapids community has come together to help neighbors and strangers following last month's derecho.
One couple doing that is Bridgette Robinson and her husband. They can be found feeding the city under the Eighth Avenue bridge on the southwest side. The have been handing out meals since August 11, one day after the storm.
Robinson tells KWWL they have seven kids, and they know what it's like to need a helping hand.
"We lived in a not-so-great neighborhood in Illinois and, coming here, we've always been… we always have had a home and we've always had food. So, for us, it hits closer than most people realize," said Robinson.
Robinson says she has already filled out paperwork to start a non-profit mobile soup kitchen. She says that'll be her next big thing to contribute to the community. She has started a GoFundMe page with a goal of raising $10,000 to get the mobile kitchen up and running. As of now, people have donated over $3,100. To contribute to her efforts, click here.
For this family, it's all about the grateful reactions they get from the people they feed that keeps them providing meals every day while the need is there.
"You don't know somebody else's story. Just because somebody has a nice car or you think they own their own home, it doesn't mean they're not struggling for their next meal."
Story shot by KWWL photojournalist, Kennedy DeRaedt