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Chance encounter at coffee trailer leads to unexpected generosity during pandemic

Posted at 4:03 PM, Dec 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-14 19:29:06-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Kinetic Turbo Charged Energy is a coffee trailer parked at 4500 Gosford Road.

It’s also what supports owner Kia Spurney and her two-year-old son.

“Now the pressure’s been on more than ever to make sure I find something that’s going to work and help us for the rest of our lives," said Kia.

COVID-19, and the shutdowns that followed, have been nothing short of challenging for Kia.

Then she met Jordyn Cooper.

“She pulled up and, I don’t know, she’s changed my life since then, so it’s been great," said Kia.

Jordyn visited the trailer to get a drink. After meeting Kia, she wanted to help. Jordyn is a member of the organization 661 Voices Heard, a group dedicated to helping those struggling to make ends meet.

“She cares about everybody she talks to. She connects with every single one of her customers," said Jordyn. "She does everything for her son and she wants to make the best for her son, so why shouldn't we help her?”

Jordyn said 661 Voices Heard has an ongoing GoFundMe that raises money for people in the community. She told the group they should donate money to the coffee trailer.

Kia said she was shocked.

“It was completely out of left field, but it was such a blessing," said Kia.

Kia grew up watching her mom start several of her own businesses. She said she knew how hard it would be to create her coffee trailer, and the support from Jordyn made all the difference.

“It was amazing for an angel like Jordyn to walk into my life to give me that boost [that] guaranteed that I stayed open another month to keep trying and fighting," said Kia.

Jordyn said 661 Voices Heard hopes to help even more people, and she wants this story to remind others to support local businesses during the pandemic.

“We just want to help everybody obviously, but we can't. People need to continue to go to small businesses. It’s so hard right now. It’s hard for anybody to make a living, but small businesses are getting it extra hard," said Jordyn.

Now Kia is helping 661 Voices Heard collect donations, like clothes and blankets, for community members during the holiday season.

“When I receive the help and get the help, I’m also trying to pour out what I can, you know, within my means as well," said Kia.

The Kinetic Turbo Charged Energy coffee truck is open every day from 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 4500 Gosford Road if you’d like to get some coffee or drop off donations.

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