Mercy Chefs -- Grassfire's disaster relief partner -- just received an urgent call to help a town in Alabama that was devastated by a huge tornado this week. Mercy Chefs is already serving meals and now they need our help

I'm hoping the Grassfire team would help sponsor at least 1,000 meals between today and this weekend. Just $50 will help provide 20 hot meals for tornado victims in Alabama right now! Go here to make your tax-deductible gift directly to Mercy Chefs, and see below.

Steve Elliott, Grassfire

P.S. What a heart breaking way to start the year for the folks in Fultondale. I just sponsored 40 meals. Perhaps you can match me, or even do more. Every gift will help. Go here:



From: Gary LeBlanc, Mercy Chefs
Subject: Fwd: Tornado devastation
Date: January 27, 2021 at 5:15:18 PM ET


On Monday evening, a powerful tornado ripped through Fultondale, Alabama, leaving one dead and several injured along a 10-mile path of damage and destruction.

+ + "Like a bomb went off"

One local resident was quoted in USA Today as saying it "looks like a bomb went off." Another said the tornado sounded "like a freight train coming full speed." Aerial footage shows neighborhoods that were devastated by the tornado, with houses ruined beyond repair. 

Mercy Chefs is responding by deploying our mobile kitchen that is based in nearby Birmingham (pictured here). We will be partnering with Church of the Highlands which has a campus in Fultondale. As I write, our team is assessing the damage to determine our specific response as we serve victims, first responders, debris removal crews and other volunteers as needed.

We are issuing this call to all our team members as we respond to the first disaster of 2021. Mercy Chefs is deploying to Fultondale, and we need your prayers and your financial support! Please go here to make a tax-deductible gift to Mercy Chefs as we respond in Alabama and continue other vital efforts:

I expect our team will be serving meals for LUNCH TODAY. With disasters like this, often the first 72 hours are most crucial as emergency resources strain to manage the critical needs.

Thank you so much for making it possible for Mercy Chefs to respond immediately when disaster strikes.

God bless,

Gary LeBlanc, Mercy Chefs

P.S. Our costs during these first hours after we announce a deployment are always high as we must mobilize our equipment, chefs and support staff, in addition to purchasing all the food for the initial response. Please help! And pray for the community of Fultondale which has been hit hard by this tornado. Go here to donate: