Coal City, Illinois (Tornado) / 5,510 Meals Over 4 Days

Jun 15, 2015 | Deployments

On June 22, 2015, a powerful summer storm including at least nine tornadoes tore through north to central Illinois. Coal City was hit by an EF3 twister with winds up to 160 miles per hour. Widespread damage impacted at least a quarter of Coal City’s residents: 55 homes were destroyed, 120 more were left with major damage, and 200 more were left with minor damage. Operation BBQ Relief volunteers set up at a local church and were led by Rich Jones and Colin Monk to provide the victims of this disaster with the comfort of a hot BBQ meal.


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Operation BBQ Relief relies solely on volunteers like you. Whether you are a competition BBQ team, caterer, restaurateur or simply an individual or group wanting to help when disaster strikes, we want you to be a part of this rewarding experience in helping people.