A man who’s spent years feeding the homeless could use a little assistance so he can go on feeding.
David Fowler was one of KFDX’s Pay it Forward recipients last June who used the gift to purchase a smoker to cook more meals.
To many, he is known as the tamale man and after recent health complications he’s looking to get back on his feet, to help those he calls his friends.
Fowler is a local man who puts his heart into what he cooks.
“Jesus said feed my sheep and so that’s what I do,” Fowler said. “I’ll make the best that I know how to make and I myself will eat a bologna sandwich. It ain’t nothing for me because I’m the cook.”
Every weekend for the last 12 years, Fowler has prepped hot meals at his home for the homeless but after health problems and losing his job, things have gotten rocky before the holidays.
“Because the stroke and the foot just did not mix and they were needing me to work speedy. There just ain’t no more speed in this guy.” Fowler recently had two strokes and tore his Achilles tendon.
“When people are hungry, they can’t wait until tomorrow or the next day. They need to be able to eat,” Fowler said.
“What really got my attention was that he’s cooking for the homeless people.” After seeing his good deeds on Facebook, Bonnie Gonzales began visiting from Fort Worth about a year ago to learn to cook from Fowler. She hopes now someone will pay his good deeds forward.
“When I found out what was going on and his situation has changed, it kind of broke my heart because he deserves to have a good life,” Gonzales said.
“It’s been a ministry that has, at times it’s kept me up at night because I wonder what I’m going to do. Sometimes I wonder how I’m going to do it but I’ve never been without,” Fowler said.
“He has a big heart,” Gonzales said. “He’s a giver.” Which is why Fowler hopes very soon to be back to his calling, where he’s needed most.
“If you have a service heart, they can be the reason for your season and your season can be brighter.” Fowler says he does not want his health to stop him from getting a job and above all, from feeding the homeless community.
If you have an idea of where he might find work, you can contact Bonnie Gonzales at 817-797-4419.