Friday P.M. from Lake Charles

The situation here is DESPERATE.

There is absolutely NO water to be found.  It's like something we've seen only a few times before, and COVID further complicates the logistics of this deployment. Lodging has been incredibly difficult to secure (as you can see from this photo, this hotel was totally destroyed) -- probably no air conditioning or running water for showers for our team.
We've faced widespread power outages AND no running water only a few times on deployments. No power is difficult enough. NO WATER MEANS EVERYONE IS IN A CONSTANT STATE OF CRISIS.

Despite all the challenges, we are pressing on and doing everything we can to serve our FIRST MEALS TOMORROW AT LUNCH because the need here is so desperate. Thankfully, we were able to secure a water tank truck which makes meals possible.

I'm not sure what else to say. We are going to need a massive influx of help in the next 48 hours just to get our systems going and get meals to this desperate community.

You know our need. Please ask the Lord how you can help and then go here to make your best possible tax-deductible gift to help Mercy Chefs provide hot meals to Hurricane Laura victims and volunteers while we continue other vital efforts:

My heart is broken by what I'm seeing.

This will be one of the more challenging deployments we've faced of late, but seeing the desperation all around me makes me even more determined to work and pray to find a way.

Thank you for helping to make a way! 

God bless,

Gary LeBlanc, Mercy Chefs