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Hurricane Harvey came ashore yesterday as a Category 4 storm, which was worse than predicted. Chef Gary LeBlanc of Grassfire's disaster-relief partner, Mercy Chefs, is on the road as I type this, driving to Corpus Christi, Texas. Below is an urgent update I received from him late yesterday. Gary and his team desperately need our help to feed hurricane victims and first responders this weekend. Thanks, in advance, for your support. —Steve


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From: Gary LeBlanc, Mercy Chefs

To: Steve Elliott, Grassfire

Sent: Friday, August 25, 2017 5:42 p.m.

Subject: The worst storm we've ever faced


mercy chefs




Friday afternoon:




Hurricane Harvey is shaping up to be the worst storm Mercy Chefs has ever faced. My team and I have been watching the weather reports, and one forecast calls for 45 inches of rain in some areas — 45 inches! The heavy rain and flooding that will follow could be the big problem from this incredibly dangerous storm.


As I mentioned in yesterday's updates, Mercy Chefs already is preparing and moving our mobile kitchens to outside the impact zone. We want to be ready to begin serving hot, nutritious meals to victims and first responders as soon as possible.


Our original mobile kitchen, Mercy One, is on its way to Texas from Oklahoma now, and my team will pick up a refrigerated truck and trailer along the way. I have seven or eight really great chefs in the Lone Star State who are trying to clear their schedules to help.


I'll be in Waco, Texas, tonight and in San Antonio tomorrow. We plan to start in one of those cities depending on the weather and then acquire volunteers, equipment and groceries. By Sunday night or Monday morning, Mercy Chefs could be in Corpus Christi (just 12 miles from the Gulf Coast), where search-and-rescue teams and others already are preparing to respond.


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When Mercy Chefs deploys to south Texas, we usually get the bulk of our food supplies from a provider in Houston. But depending on what happens there, we may have to do daily runs to Dallas to get the groceries we need to prepare and serve hundreds, if not thousands, of meals for people in hard-hit areas.


I really don't want to overstate or overhype the danger of this storm, but Harvey is the first Category 3 hurricane to hit the U.S. in 12 years. Because it's expected to "stall" over one or more Gulf Coast states, forecasters fear that Harvey could result in the kind of massive devastation experienced during and after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.


Patrick, can I count on your EMERGENCY HELP, right now, as my team and I deploy today to the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Harvey? Your financial support will help Mercy Chefs pay transportation, equipment and food costs that we incur even before our chefs being cooking and serving meals in Texas.


Click here or on the banner below to make your best tax-deductible gift to help Mercy Chefs cover our substantial pre-deployment costs. With your support, we can begin serving victims, first responders and volunteers along Texas' Gulf Coast as soon as possible:


Donate to Mercy Chefs

Once again, Mercy Chefs' assessment and scout teams will be in Texas tonight. Tomorrow, we'll be moving equipment and supplies, so we can be onsite by Sunday. That means, depending on the weather, we could begin serving meals on Monday morning.



That's why your donation, right now, is so crucial to our efforts over the next 24 to 48 hours. Without a lot of deep-pocketed donors, Mercy Chefs relies on the faithfulness of friends like you, Patrick, to fulfill our God-ordained calling to "feed body and soul."


Mercy Chefs is a "lean" but very experienced relief organization that's able to prepare and serve emergency meals for about $2.50 each. That means your tax-deductible gift of $50 can feed 20 hurricane victims, first responders and volunteers. A donation of $25 can bless 10 people in coastal Texas. Click here to help now. And thank you, in advance, for your gift.






P.S. By the time you read this, Hurricane Harvey probably will have made landfall along the Gulf Coast of Texas. Mercy Chefs is mobilizing assets (personnel, equipment and supplies) to begin feeding body and soul as soon as possible. Our goal is to be there first and stay the longest. That's why we urgently need your support today. Please click here or on the banner below to support our imminent Hurricane Harvey deployment, as we continue other vital efforts:


Donate to Mercy Chefs


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