Hickory, North Carolina

Nov 21, 2022 | Days of Giving

Operation BBQ Relief provided Thanksgiving Dinners for families at Hickory Soup Kitchen in Hickory, NC.

“After volunteering with Operation BBQ Relief since 2016 at numerous deployments and events, I have experienced moments that have touched my heart.  As we were wrapping up an event recently at Hickory Soup Kitchen. I spoke with Austin Pearce, Executive Director and told him that at Operation BBQ Relief “we ask what is your why?”  I explained to him that everyone has a reason as to why they volunteer.

Just a short time after that a woman pulled up in her car and started walking real slow toward us with her shoulders dropped down.  She said she did not have a ticket to get a Thanksgiving meal, the director said “You don’t need a ticket” and invited her to get  a meal.  The lady’s eyes just opened wide and her face was glowing and she almost ran to get her meal.  I turned to the director and said to him, ‘That’s my why.’ “

Scott Jarrett
North Carolina Area Coordinator


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