A quick update from Mayfield...

The weather is turning worse. Rain today through Saturday means those with damaged roofs and homes are facing an even more difficult, uphill battle to recover from the tornado strike. That's because the vast majority of the damaged homes do not yet even have the blue tarps that are so common in disaster zones. So the rain could ruin anything salvageable in the house.

+ + Three days of rain, then cold... and NO POWER!

After the rain, the cold sets in this weekend, which will make the situation even more difficult. That's because we just learned that power will not likely be restored any time before this weekend. Likely well into next week. Rain and then cold with NO POWER!

My team is assessing what else we need to do in response to the changing conditions, but one thing is certain: Mercy Chefs must help this community get through what could be a very, very difficult next several days.

+ + I need help today...

As I write, our team is serving dinner to victims, volunteers and emergency workers. We're hand-delivering meals to senior centers and other facilities in urgent need. I'm asking every Mercy Chefs friend and partner to stand with us right now.

Go here to make your tax-deductible gift to help sponsor 10, 20, 50 or even 100 hot meals for tornado victims and volunteers as we also continue other efforts:

Whatever you can do today would be a great blessing to my team and most importantly to those we are helping.

MERCY CHEFS IS YOUR HANDS AND FEET HERE IN MAYFIELD SERVING TORNADO VICTIMS! Most people can't come to Mayfield and volunteer to cook or serve meals. But everyone can play a vital role in what we do by sponsoring 5, 10, 20 or more meals.

Thank you in advance and thanks for your prayers.

God bless,

Gary LeBlanc, Mercy Chefs