These are the brave and caring souls who are right now on their way to provide food for first responders and victims of the deadly tornadoes.
Following is part of the email I received this afternoon. I believe they wrote this early in the day so the numbers are a little off - or else the news media is mistaken. My husband said the last count he saw on Fox News was 14 dead.
I don't support many charities, because I believe most of the money goes to salaries for directors, but this is one I do support. Partly because I believe in the work they do, and partly out of gratitude for where I live. We have snow and cold, but no hurricanes, floods, or tornadoes.
"Mercy Chefs is deploying to tornado-ravaged Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Teams left well before sunrise this morning from Dallas and Tulsa. Chef Lisa is moving a mobile kitchen, and Chef John has a refrigerated trailer on the way. They expect to arrive in one of the hardest-hit neighborhoods this evening."
"We expect to have meals ready to serve tomorrow morning. Our kitchen and trailer will be set up at Venue Church in Hattiesburg, less than a mile from the heart of the devastation. We'll likely have a remote site, as well, located at a church across the street from William Carey University, which was so heavily damaged."
"Mercy Chefs has promised to stay onsite for as long as local officials, residents, first responders and volunteers need us. Obviously we need our friends and supporters to help us financially as we serve those who have been affected. Can I count on your emergency support as our team deploys to Mississippi?"
Please click here or on the DONATE button below to make your tax-deductible gift to help Mercy Chefs feed body and soul in tornado-ravaged Hattiesburg:
"This deadly tornado has claimed four lives so far and caused an estimated $200 million in damage. Originally thought to be an EF2, officials surveying the damage say it was likely a strong EF3 twister. But the worst of this severe weather might not be over."