As I write, the Bahamas is bracing for yet another storm that could quickly develop into a tropical storm. Unbelievably, the storm is following almost an identical path as Hurricane Dorian and is expected to bring high winds and rain to areas that are still very much in crisis. Flights are again being shut down and we are preparing for localized flooding. There is great concern for Grand Bahama and Abaco, where the prospect of more rain and more winds would just add to the devastation.
Everyone here is greatly concerned. We feel it everywhere we go, and especially as we are providing hot meals to the evacuees. And with more evacuees still coming to Nassau, tensions continue to mount.
These conditions make our efforts this weekend to provide hot, nutritious meals even more critical in our mission to serve those who have been left homeless and lost everything from this disaster. From today through the weekend, we'll serve in the neighborhood of 10,000 meals -- and costs are exceptionally high, especially for fresh produce. Many items are costing us two or three times what we would pay in the U.S. But with so many hungry people, it is vitally important that we provide the best possible hot meals.
This is a critical weekend and I need your help so we can serve as many hurricane victims as possible. Will you partner with Mercy Chefs so we can reach thousands of hurricane victims this weekend with hot meals and a lifeline of hope in the midst of these desperate times? Go here to make your tax-deductible gift to help hurricane victims and continue other efforts:
We are still waiting for the tilt skillet to arrive from the U.S. Our chefs are hoping it gets here this weekend so we can increase our capacity and reach even more people because evacuees keep arriving every day. The shelters are overwhelmed beyond capacity and more are coming. Hundreds every day are trying to find places to stay in hotels and homes, but many of the homes already have 15 or 20 people in them.
Our teams are providing meals both in the shelters and, through a network of churches, to evacuees who are being absorbed in homes, apartments and hotels. I never cease to be amazed at how a hot meal can warm the heart of a disaster victim who may have lost everything. Just the fact that someone cares enough to go out of their way to prepare a real meal makes a world of difference.
And we know that standing behind every meal we serve and every life we touch are friends like you. In a very real way, you are standing with us as we serve these meals and reach these dear folks.
This weekend, we'll reach thousands more with your help. Thanks in advance, and God bless you!
Gary LeBlanc, Mercy Chefs
P.S. With this new storm raising tensions here, the meals we serve today through this weekend carry even more importance. Will you help me provide hot meals to 10,000 hurricane victims through this weekend? Doors are opening for Mercy Chefs to reach even more people in the coming days, but or right now I must meet the critical need in front of us. Just $50 will help sponsor 20 meals; $100 will help feed 40 evacuees. Please give as the Lord leads! Go here: