It is moments like these that tear at my mind and heart.
There must be some way we can do more...
+ + Thousands of meals this weekend...
Friday through Sunday, we will serve over 5,000 meals in flooded Texas.
The need is great. Those who are volunteering with us are still without power, but they are here helping their neighbors even in the midst of their own need. Despite all the struggles with the Coronavirus and now this storm, they want to keep loving and supporting their community. Firemen and police officers and town employees are coming to get meals to deliver to people they know by name and who need help.
As I write, our team is preparing and serving meals to Texas hurricane victims. Please go here to help, and see below for details. -- Gary
The floodwaters have mostly receded, but the 17 inches of rain that hit South Texas has left many homes damaged and families struggling to pick up the pieces.
Our team is seeing the all-too familiar sites of blue tarps on houses, piles of debris in yards, and people still trying to sort out what next steps they should take.
The need in these hard-hit communities is great. Many people were already at risk and in poverty before COVID. In the past few months, the area has been ravaged by the economic fallout from the COVID crisis. Unemployment is rampant.
Then, the hurricane hit -- dropping 17 inches of rain in four hours. The flooding just multiplied the suffering and complicated the issue of local communities bearing the brunt of responding to issues created by the ongoing border catastrophe.
These communities in the Rio Grande River are urgently in need of help.
As much as 17 inches of rain hit the region IN JUST FOUR HOURS, leaving many areas devastated from the flooding.
+ + Towns Under Water!
I just got off the phone with my contact in the area who spoke with the mayors of McAllen, Sullivan City, Mission, and Palm View -- towns that were UNDER WATER after the deluge of rain hit. All four mayors remembered Mercy Chefs for our Thanksgiving outreach a few years back and specifically asked if it was possible for our teams to come and help their communities in the midst of this crisis. THEY ASKED FOR US BY NAME!Read more