The damage here is so extensive that CBS news is reporting that search and rescue workers are still going door-to-door a full week after the storm made landfall. Workers are looking for those who may still be trapped in their homes or unable to access basic necessities.
Every day, we meet storm victims who have faced the nightmare of Hurricane Ian. As we were handing out meals in one devastated community, we met a woman who was riding around on her bicycle looking for her friend who owned a blue car. While we were talking, she began to break down in tears because she spotted the blue car buried underneath a mound of crumpled metal. She fears her friend didn't survive.
+ + Death toll now over 100...
The death toll is now over 100 and officials fear the number will continue to climb as the search continues.
Our hearts are heavy for the people of Lee County and surrounding counties that have been hit so hard by this hurricane. Yesterday, we served more than 23,000 meals, a Mercy Chefs record. Today, thousands more are being offered a chef-prepared, nutritious hot meal which serves as a lifeline of hope in the midst of what is a desperate trial for so many. Tomorrow, our team will be up early preparing lunch for thousands and then again dinner.
Will you help me help hurricane victims who have no place to turn right now? Go here to make your tax-deductible gift to help sponsor 10, 20, 50, 100 or more meals for Hurricane Ian victims:
We've been reaching out to hospitals, senior facilities, shelters and hard-hit communities with hot meals your generosity has made possible. Our bills are mounting (another tractor trailer truck of food recently arrived). But the need remains great.
Thank you for your partnership and for your prayers. Thanks to you, Mercy Chefs is bringing the blessing of hot, chef-prepared meals to the very epicenter of one of the worst hurricane strikes ever to hit our country.
Gary LeBlanc, Mercy Chefs
P.S. This woman (pictured above) who may have lost her friend is facing the heartache and tragedy of what this hurricane has brought to the Fort Myers area. This is why Mercy Chefs exists -- to offer a hot meal and caring support to those who have faced disaster. Will you help us feed hurting disaster victims that need a hot meal? Go here: