Barry was a close call. All the forecasts called for massive amounts of rain falling on already flooded regions along the Gulf Coast. Thankfully, the region is breathing a sigh of relief because the storm didn't turn out to be as bad as it could have been.
Yes, there was flooding. A few levees overtopped and there was one small breach, but not the catastrophic flooding that could have taken place. Our Mercy Chefs team was in the region throughout the storm. We monitored the situation as the storm moved inland, where there was the potential for more flooding. Arkansas took a hit, but overall the storm did not require a disaster relief response from Mercy Chefs, and for this we are grateful.
Our teams are now turning our attention back to very important summer projects, including the ongoing work of our "Beacon Of Hope" center that continues to provide hot meals to Hurricane Michael victims on Florida's Panhandle.
We just added another vital project, this one in Moffett, Oklahoma, where a school was destroyed earlier this year by flooding. The school was under as much as six feet of water, and just about everything inside the walls was destroyed.
Beginning August 1, Mercy Chefs will be on site with one of our mobile kitchens providing hot meals for our friends with God's Pit Crew which is sending teams to rebuild the school. God's Pit Crew says this is the largest project they have ever taken on and we are grateful for the opportunity to partner with them to help this community.
I'll be sharing more on this need soon. For today, I want to personally thank you for your partnership with Mercy Chefs. Whenever a major storm is approaching, we mobilize our team so we can be ready to meet the needs -- always praying that the storm will not leave a devastating impact. Your faithfulness equips us to maximize our effectiveness in the event disaster strikes.
Thank you and God bless you!
Gary LeBlanc, Founder