The Fort Myers community is still hurting.

Just the other day, the mayor of Fort Myers Beach began to discuss a five-year plan to recover their community. It's going to take that kind of resolve over many months and years for the area to recover.

But some in the community are hurting so bad, they can't think long term. Not yet. Too soon.

+ + "Nowhere to mourn..."

Listen to what one member of the Fort Myers Beach community said...

"We have nowhere to gather. We have nowhere to mourn the loss of our homes, our best friends, our family members, our animals. The nation’s favorite place to vacation and live [yet] we have nowhere to mourn."

Tomorrow, we load up our trucks for our return trip to the Fort Myers area -- the first stop for our holiday outreaches. Through this weekend, we'll be serving 6,000 Thanksgiving dinners to families who are still reeling from Hurricane Ian. But we still need help.

I'm asking every Mercy Chefs friend to consider MATCHING what you expect to spend on your family's Thanksgiving dinner with an equal gift to help us feed families in Fort Myers and other areas where families urgently need help. Can I count on your help? Go here to help feed families this holiday season:

Most families spend between $100 and $200 on their Thanksgiving meal. If you can match the $100 you'll spend on your Thanksgiving with an equal gift to Mercy Chefs, we'll feed FIVE FAMILIES! Perhaps you can do more. Every gift will help.

Thank you in advance for your help and for your continued prayers for the people of Fort Myers.

God bless you,

Gary LeBlanc, Mercy Chefs

P.S. As of this morning, we were still far short of our goal of having all 6,000 meals fully sponsored by this weekend. Will you help us reach this goal in the next 48 hours? Go here to sponsor 5, 10, 20, 50 or even 100 holiday meals:

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