Each Christmas, Gonzales and a group of volunteers hand out the blankets at a make-shift homeless camp in Fresno. The crew also makes soup and shares other items, like clothes and socks. “Whatever is in my trailer, it’s gone,” Gonzales said of the giveaway. This season marks the collection drive’s fifth year.
Gonzales said peDal jUnkies and Blankies for the Homies “all started from just a little dream, a really small inspiration of life. But I’m telling you, the orchestrator of this thing is God. I wouldn’t be able to do any of this if I didn’t say my prayers and always hit him up and be like, “Damn, thank you, man. Thank you for even like the rough times, you know.’ ”
Gonzales hopes peDal jUnkies will become a nonprofit next year. Of the blanket drive, he said: “I’m having a great time keeping the city warm.”
“He brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to everything that he does,” Eacock said. “Fresno is really lucky to have him.”