BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Dustin’s Diner has raised $20,000 for the Bakersfield Homeless Center through its annual holiday fundraiser.
On Wednesday, volunteers donated proceeds from the fundraiser to the Bakersfield Homeless Center. From December 16 to 23, the Diner sold hot chocolate, cider and cookies on Haggin Oaks Boulevard. Dustin’s Diner raised $5,000 more than last year.
Brothers Dustin and David Kilpatrick started Dustin’s Diner in 1993. Their operation remains family owned to this day. Since Dustin’s Diner was launched 28 years ago, it has raised over $180,000 to benefit the homeless. When it started in 1993, the Kilpatrick brothers were kids and thought it would be fun to sell hot chocolate to families visiting Haggin Oaks to see the holiday decorations, according to a social media post.
“There’s a lot we can do with these funds, and what’s even better is that this is a family tradition that has been kept alive by these families,” said Lauren Skidmore, CEO of Bakersfield Homeless. Center.
Money raised by the Diner will be used to purchase clothing and food for the shelter, according to Skidmore. The funds will also help maintain the Centre’s campus and develop a new campus to be unveiled in 2022.