I hope you had a great Christmas with your family. Please see below for an important announcement. --Gary
I have an important announcement for Mercy Chefs and our friends and partners.
As you know, Mercy Chefs has been on the ground in Mayfield serving meals since less than 24 hours after the tornado struck. Mayfield and the surrounding communities were totally devastated by the storm. The people here have suffered tragic loss of life along with the damage or destruction of hundreds of homes and buildings.
+ + Our hearts are in Mayfield
It has been our great privilege to serve the people of Mayfield. Even as I write, Mercy Chefs team members who gave up Christmas with their families are in Mayfield so that tornado victims could have hot meals over the holiday.
Our hearts are with the people here. It will take months, even years for these communities to recover. That is why I have been working with local leaders to find a way for Mercy Chefs to be here serving this area for the long term, just like we've done in Panama City and other communities that have been crushed by major disasters.
Well, I have some good news...
+ + Here's our plan to bring long-term relief...
Last week, we had a breakthrough and were able to secure use of a local school to serve as a long-term base of outreach for Mercy Chefs in Western Kentucky!
This means, beginning early in 2022, Mercy Chefs will begin a longer-term deployment to this region, providing meals and support for tornado victims as well as volunteers and workers who will be needed to help this community rebuild.
Of course, a longer-term presence in Kentucky was not on our radar just a few weeks ago. That means I don't have funds set aside in our budget to make this happen. But we simply can't leave. This community needs more help!
So once again, I'm turning to friends like you to help me make this happen.
Here's what I'm asking you to do...
I'm hoping to raise $50,000 between now and the end of the year (this Friday) to help launch our long-term outreach in Western Kentucky.
Would you prayerfully consider standing in the gap for the people of Kentucky one more time this week as we gear up for this long term effort and continue other outreaches? Go here to make your tax-deductible gift directly to Mercy Chefs:
When I saw the devastation in Mayfield, I knew these folks would face a very long road of recovery. Now that the Lord has opened doors for Mercy Chefs to be part of a longer-term support network, Mercy Chefs needs to be here!
Will you help me make this happen?
Thank you so much for your partnership and prayerful consideration.
Gary LeBlanc, Mercy Chefs
P.S. I'm coming to our online friends and supporters first. I'll be making a formal announcement of Mercy Chefs' long-term deployment in Western Kentucky later this week. Will you help me raise $50,000 between now and the end of the year (this Friday) to help launch our long-term effort in Kentucky and continue other efforts? Go here:
Please note that every gift made online before the end of the year can help reduce your 2021 tax burden. If you prefer to write a check, your gift must be postmarked by December 31. Go here for mailing instructions.