I just received this message from Gary LeBlanc of Mercy Chefs -- Grassfire's disaster relief partner.
Gary's team is back in Louisiana providing hot meals to communities that just got hit by a second major hurricane in a matter of weeks. Gary says thousands of people are turning to Mercy Chefs, and they need our help.
Mercy Chefs will serve at least 4,000 meals today and again tomorrow. I'm hoping the Grassfire team will band together to sponsor at least 2,000 of those meals right away for Hurricane Delta victims. Your tax-deductible gift of $50 will help sponsor 20 meals; $100 will help put a hot meal in the hands of 40 hurricane victims. Go here to make a tax-deductible gift to help Hurricane Delta victims, and see below for more details from Gary.
Steve Elliott, Grassfire
P.S. My family is sponsoring 40 meals today. Perhaps you could match that, or even do more. Every gift will help. Perhaps you can sponsor 12 meals ($30), or 20 meals ($50). Go here:
From: Gary LeBlanc, Mercy Chefs
Subject: Fwd: Exhausted. Numb. Lost. Broken.
To: Steve Elliott
Date: October 12, 2020 at 11:15:21 AM EDT
Monday Morning, from Lake Charles.
Exhausted. Numb. Lost. Broken.
This is how the residents of Lake Charles, Louisiana, describe themselves as they wait in line for a hot meal from Mercy Chefs. They are an incredibly strong community, but back-to-back hurricanes are proving to be just too much for anyone to handle.
In car after car, our team has witnessed weary people breaking down in tears as they thank us for coming back to help them. For many, they are facing the reality that they must start over for the second time in a little over 40 days. Go here to see a brief video of the long lines:
A hot meal served in love helps to give them hope. That's why our Mercy Chefs team is back to work today. We'll be serving meals non-stop from noon to about 6PM. In times like these, lunch seems to turn into dinner -- especially when we're seeing long lines of folks waiting for food.
The emotions here are very raw. As I stood in the distribution line and looked into the eyes of those who are searching for the strength to start over again, my heart broke. This is a painful time for the folks in Lake Charles. Thank you so much for making it possible for Mercy Chefs to provide a lifeline of help, hope, and healing to so many.