We've been continuing to provide hot meals to locations throughout Nashville as well as through our mobile kitchen in the hard-hit region of Mt. Juliet. Today, we served over 1,000 people in Mt. Juliet alone -- both victims and volunteers.
Every disaster deployment is unique. Here in Tennessee we have seen a great outpouring of volunteer support, unlike anything we've ever seen. As I noted to you yesterday, the First Lady of Tennessee, Maria Lee (in the center of the photo)
joined our volunteer force in East Nashville. She jumped on the service line and helped our chefs back in the kitchen. Her Tennessee Serves initiative perfectly matches our desire to support neighbors helping neighbors in their communities in the aftermath of tragedies such as this one.
Mercy Chefs is continuing to look for new places and new ways to help the recovery here. We have served hot meals from three locations, distributing meals across Nashville and the surrounding area. And we're going to continue serving meals here to help meet the need.
As always, your support is greatly appreciated! Every meal we serve requires friends like you partnering with us.
As we continue to reach out here in Nashville, please consider partnering with us by helping to sponsor 10, 20, 50 or more meals. Go here to make your tax-deductible gift as we serve thousands of meals here in Tennessee and continue other vital efforts:
As always, please be in prayer for the people whose lives were so greatly impacted by these tornadoes. When storms like this strike at night, they are often the most deadly because people are sleeping and can't be warned. And the damage here is extensive. In Nashville, an estimated 400 commercial structures were damaged or destroyed. In nearby Putnam County, 500 homes were damaged or destroyed. The recovery will be a long process.
Thanks for partnering with Mercy Chefs so we can provide hot meals to so many victims and volunteers.
Gary LeBlanc, Mercy Chefs