What has happened in Honduras is tragic. Two devastating hurricanes have left the country in ruins. Reports indicate that HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS are in shelters. Many are living under highway overpasses because the shelters are too full. One storm refugee told the AP:
“There are no bathrooms, people go up into the hills to go to the bathroom,” he said. “People are dying of hunger here ... the shelters are full.”
Our partners on the ground in Comayagua are doing everything they can to provide food and drinking water to as many as possible.
We are continuing to distribute Family Survival Meal Packs -- basic sustenance that can feed a family of four for five days. We just took on two shelters which are now receiving hot meals -- possibly the first hot meals many have had in days or weeks. Our team, to date, has already provided over 28,000 meals along with tens of thousands of gallons of drinking water. We're also providing toiletries, medicine, diapers, formula, clothing, and shoes because these families have lost everything. But we must do more.
We'll soon be sending Mercy Chefs team members to Comayagua, including one of our lead chefs who will oversee meal operations. I need to get at least one if not two more water purification units in production, and I want to double or even triple the meal capacity.
The needs right now in Honduras are critical. For many, this is about providing the ONLY reliable food and fresh water that they have available to them.
Can you help today as we continue and expand our relief efforts in Honduras?
After all that has happened this year, to think that one of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere just got hit with the WORST storm of the year -- two weeks after getting hit by a major hurricane. It seems the challenges of 2020 will not end. But we will not stop responding to meet the challenges and help those who are desperately hurting.
Thanks for your prayers. And thanks in advance for your help.
Gary LeBlanc, Mercy Chefs
P.S. As I noted, we just adopted two shelters. We're sending team members later this week and I want to do more. Just $50 can help feed FIVE hurting families of four in Honduras for FIVE DAYS; $100 helps us feed TEN FAMILIES for five days. Go here.
P.P.S. While we respond to the tragic conditions in Honduras, Mercy Chefs is reaching out to thousands here at home through our "Season Of Hope" efforts. Yesterday, I was in San Antonio as Mercy Chefs prepared ready-to-heat Thanksgiving meals for thousands of people. We'll be in McAllen, Texas, today. Over the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons, Mercy Chefs will serve thousands of holiday meals, and we need your help. To help sponsor holiday meals, go here:
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