The Weather Channel declared Lake Charles as the most "weather battered city" in all of America -- after two hurricanes, an ice storm and now this week's HISTORIC FLOODING in less than a year.

The flooding came suddenly. One family had to SWIM from their flooded house with their newborn baby just to survive the rising waters.

As many as 500 homes were impacted. Areas that didn't flood even during the hurricanes were under water. There are huge piles out in front of house after house. Many of these families will be forced to start over once again.

+ + We are serving HOPE in the form of hot meals

The past 36 hours have been a whirlwind since our arrival in Lake Charles. We’ve responded swiftly. This community is weary after a painful past nine months. That's why the meals we are serving are so vital. It's as if we are serving HOPE to those who are in need. A hot, chef-prepared meal sends a message that these folks have not been forgotten... they are not alone... and someone cares enough to provide them with a high-quality meal.

I'm expecting we will face our peak demand today through this weekend, and I'm asking you to partner with me to meet this need.

Will you help me this weekend? We are still short of our financial need for this deployment -- with thousands more meals yet to serve. Please prayerfully consider how you can help. Then, go here to help sponsor 10, 20, 50, or even 100 meals as we serve this hard-hit community and continue other vital efforts:

Debris removal has never been completed from the first hurricane — it’s still in the streets and clogging gutters. Mercy Chefs is back in Lake Charles for the third time in less than a year. Now I need YOUR HELP to keep this lifeline of hope going.

Thanks for your prayers. And thanks in advance for your financial support.

Gary LeBlanc, Mercy Chefs


Weather Channel: Most Weather Battered City

Report: Family swam to safety