Mercy Chefs' founder and president Gary LeBlanc recorded this video update on July 14 in Puerto Rico. Our solar-power initiative is moving ahead as scheduled, and we've been so touched by the people we're helping on the island this summer. The need is still so great, and Mercy Chefs is doing what we can to help. Please take a few minutes to see what your incredible caring and generosity is helping us accomplish in Puerto Rico.Read more
We've met so many wonderful people in Puerto Rico this week. It's such a blessing and a privilege to be able to help them in their time of need. On Thursday, the team and I traveled high into the mountains again. So many people here are STILL without power, ten months after Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria hit. It's heartbreaking to see how difficult life is on the island for so many of our fellow Americans.Read more
I want to tell you about some of the people we're helping in Puerto Rico. The Mercy Chefs team and I have been on the island all week meeting families who will receive solar power thanks to the generosity of friends like you.Read more
The Mercy Chefs team is on the ground in Puerto Rico! We arrived this weekend and are traveling into the mountains today to begin assessing which families need power the most. We’ll visit people who are likely never to have power again. Our primary focus is on widows, single mothers, the sick and elderly hurricane victims. A little light in the darkness can mean a great deal, and that’s what Mercy Chefs is in Puerto Rico trying to do.Read more
The Mercy Chefs team visited a shelter in Santa Lucía, Guatemala, yesterday to deliver medicine, children's clothing and other basic necessities to victims of last week's Volcán de Fuego eruption. We also brought bubbles and Frisbees® for the children there. I wish you could have seen their faces light up! So much joy!Read more
Mercy Chefs is on the ground in Guatemala. We've begun partnering with two shelters in Santa Lucía being run by a coalition of pastors with help from the local government. Today and tomorrow, we will continue visiting shelters to determine how we can best help victims of last week's deadly eruption of Volcán de Fuego.Read more
Mercy Chefs is deploying to Guatemala. In the aftermath of the devastating Volcán de Fuego eruption that buried homes in volcanic ash and killed approximately 200 people this week, we're sending a team to the Central American nation on Saturday.Read more
During Mercy Chef founder Gary LeBlanc's previous trip to Puerto Rico, he shared about a number of residents on the island who were experiencing intense fear, anxiety and depression from the darkness caused by nearly eight months without power. The inability to simply turn on a light was — and still is — affecting them in a very real way.Read more
Approximately 20 percent of residents in Puerto Rico STILL don't have electricity. An estimated 10 percent of those people probably won't get power back — EVER. Even those areas with electricity can experience routine outages up to three times a week.
Month after month after month of darkness has raised anxiety and stress levels on the island. For many people, the ongoing darkness has led to fear — fear that could be eased, if they simply had the ability to turn on a light! But we have a plan to help!Read more
I'm reaching out today with urgent news about the latest power outage in Puerto Rico. A contractor toppled a pole onto the main electric line, knocking out power to the entire island. The entire island! Officials estimate it will take 24 to 36 hours to turn back on what's left of Puerto Rico's electrical grid.
What's happening on the island is just tragic. Tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans have been without power since Hurricane Maria devastated the island on September 20, 2017. That was almost seven months ago. And now, this happens!Read more