Our hearts are heavy as we grieve for the families impacted by the tragic shooting in Virginia Beach, just a few miles from our Mercy Chefs home office. Mercy Chefs will do whatever we can to be part of the healing in our local community as we continue to answer the calls for help from across the country.

Today here in Beavercreek,
our team recently finished serving our first meal -- lunch to volunteers who are helping with the extensive cleanup effort. No matter how many times I see the devastation left behind by these massive storms, it is always sobering. Houses leveled. Trees uprooted and mangled. Buildings destroyed. Whole neighborhoods devastated.


+ + Tornado more than 2/3 mile wide...

The National Weather Service is releasing more information on the tornadoes as they survey the storm damage. The storm that hit Beavercreek was more than two-thirds of a mile wide and stayed on the ground for 10 miles. Another tornado in the "swarm" that hit this region was more than a half-mile wide and left a 19-mile path of destruction.

My team did an amazing job today getting set up and serving our first meals basically within 24 hours of our arrival. Dinner prep is already well under way, and tomorrow we will again serve lunch and dinner.

These wonderful people here in Ohio need our help. This is why Mercy Chefs exists -- to provide hot meals and feed body and soul in the aftermath of disasters. 

Will you partner with Mercy Chefs THIS WEEKEND to meet this need here in Ohio while we continue other vital efforts? Your gift will make a difference right away as we partner with people here on the ground to help this community in the first stages of recovery. Go here to make your tax-deductible gift to help provide hot meals THIS WEEKEND:

Just $50 can help provide 20 meals; $100 feeds 40 people. Perhaps the Lord has blessed you, and you can sponsor 100 ($250), 200 ($500), or even 400 meals ($1,000). Please give what you can! Take this opportunity to help fellow Americans in need.

Thank you so much for your prayers, and for your financial support.

God bless,

Gary LeBlanc, Mercy Chefs

P.S. The storm damage here was much more extensive than was first reported and than what I expected. The path of destruction here is extensive and the work of recovery is just beginning. This weekend, Mercy Chefs is playing a vital role by providing hot meals to the many volunteers who are here to assist. This is a critical time. Please help. Go here: