The hardest thing about returning during the holidays to a community hit hard by a tornado or hurricane is seeing the empty stares and hollow eyes.

During what should be a time of great joy, people whose lives have been turned upside down by a disaster are still very much living the disaster even weeks, months, and in some cases years after a storm hits.

+ + Smiles are returning...

This week in Florida as we served hot meals to families who are still recovering from Hurricane Michael, I noticed fewer of those empty stares than one year ago. We're starting to see some life come back into the folks here. Slowly, hope is being restored.

This is why Mercy Chefs returns to areas hit by disaster during the holidays. This holiday season we've provided hot meals and support to disaster victims in Florida, Texas, North Carolina, and the Bahamas. With your support, we are helping to put hope back in those hollow eyes.

That's what Mercy Chefs is all about. That's why every day we're doing everything in our power to feed people "body and soul." And along the way, just being faithful to help those we can, thanks to you we've served up more than 220,000 meals this year alone!

But now we've reached a critical time in our year. As I've noted, some faithful friends of Mercy Chefs have stepped forward and extended a $40,000 Matching Challenge Grant to Mercy Chefs that DOUBLES the impact of every dollar you donate right now. That means your gift today will help us reach twice as many people -- $25 doubled to $50 will help serve 10 meals; $50 doubled to $100 will help provide 20 meals, and so on.

Will you help Mercy Chefs provide thousands of hot meals THIS MONTH with a special gift today -- DOUBLED in impact by this special Matching Challenge? Go here to make your tax-deductible gift:

Meeting and even exceeding this Year-End Challenge is absolutely critical to help us finish this year strong and put Mercy Chefs on a strong footing as we get ready to serve even more folks in 2020.

Can I count on your help this weekend? Please prayerfully consider how you can partner with us to meet this challenge. Then, go here to make your tax-deductible gift.

Thanks in advance, and God bless!

Gary LeBlanc, Mercy Chefs

P.S. Pictured here are just a few of the kids your support helped this week! Again, please note that your gifts between now and the end of the month will be doubled by the generous Year-End Matching Challenge until we reach the $40,000 goal. Go here to make your gift: