Kirkland and Fairdale, Illinois (Tornado) / 5,700 Meals over 2 Days

An EF4-rated tornado cut a long path of destruction through the north-central Illinois on the evening of April 9, 2015, devastating the town of Fairdale. The storm packed winds peaking around 200 mph, resulting in two fatalities in Fairdale, numerous injuries, and significant damage to both commercial and
residential buildings along its 30+ mile path.

Operation BBQ Relief volunteers arrived Friday afternoon, April 10, setting up basecamp behind the Kirkland Fire Department. We fed impacted residents, First Responders, and other volunteers on-site and delivered 550 hot BBQ meals to Fairdale residents who returned to the remains of their homes.