This week marks six months since the historic flooding hit Eastern Kentucky and brought devastation to this region.

The rainfall and the subsequent flooding that this region experienced was unprecedented. The National Weather Service said there was less than a 1 in 1,000 chance of 14-16 inches of rain falling in that time period. The flooding reached levels never before measured. One flood gauge failed after measuring 21 feet of floodwaters, more than SIX FEET higher than the previous record!

Then around Christmas, a serious cold snap made conditions even more difficult for these communities.

That's when Sen. Rand Paul's office called and asked us to return. From the first days, cars began lining up several hours before our planned distribution time. We expected to serve 2,000-3,000 meals a day, but almost immediately the demand grew to 5,000 meals daily. We've met the children who were only receiving one meal a day. We've serve the parents who are struggling through this crisis. We've gone door-to-door and even brought meals to the local prison to help during a food shortage there.

+ + I need your help to continue...

Today marks our 12th day of re-deployment in Eastern Kentucky and the need is still great. Mercy Chefs has already provided over 50,000 meals.

Here's my challenge:

Today through this weekend, Mercy Chefs will provide an additional 25,000 or more meals. Simply put, I need help to make this happen!

Will you partner with me today as Mercy Chefs offers a lifeline of hope to these families that are struggling through a difficult winter six months after the floods hit? Go here to help sponsor 10, 20, 50 or even 100 meals we'll serve this week:

When we arrived, our team could feel that many were losing hope. Ninety percent of the children were only getting meals at school. The disaster that started six months ago must feel like it will never end. 

With your help, we are bringing hot meals and hope to the families here.

I want to continue. The need is still great.

Will you help us answer this call?

Thank you and God bless you for your prayers and generosity.

Gary LeBlanc, Mercy Chefs

P.S. Six months is a long time to struggle in the aftermath of a disaster. Winter has made the situation even more difficult. Please help:

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