From the Heart – February 2022

Feb 23, 2022 | Newsletters

From the Heart

February 2022

Message from the Co-Founders

Operation BBQ Relief is excited to announce our newest program – Camp OBR. Operation BBQ Relief continues to face the challenges of being unable to predict if and when disasters strike. The goals of Camp OBR will assist in the long-term strategic plan for sustainability of Operation BBQ Relief in the years to come. Camp OBR will provide consistent programs throughout the year to serve first responders, veterans, members of the military, and their families. We are honored to serve those who serve us by providing an opportunity for learning, healing, recreation, and new friendships.

Watch the video below to learn more about Camp OBR. We have several sponsorship opportunities available. Please contact for more information.

Much respect,

Stan Hays, CEO
Will Cleaver, CPO and Head of Finance

Camp OBR

Camp OBR Goals 

  • Be a place where veterans, military, and first responders can connect with each other and grow their networks.
  • Offer programs and activities to help heal emotional, mental, and physical wounds through team building, fellowship, and fostering individual growth and resiliency.
  • Inspire organizations and partners to take part in the lives of veterans, military, and first responders.
  • Serve veterans, military, and first responders, providing hope, compassion, and friendship through activities, programs, and events.
  • Offer families of those that serve our nation and communities, that have suffered a life altering event, an opportunity to connect and strengthen their family bonds through camp programming in a distraction free, hands-on bonding environment.

The Always Serving Project®

Operation BBQ Relief is grateful for all the heroes that continue to serve on the front lines! We love sharing the healing power of BBQ with those that heal us.

Natural Disaster Expo – USA

Operation BBQ Relief was at the Natural Disaster Expo in Miami, FL highlighting our work feeding communities in need. The Operation BBQ Relief team is ready to provide meal solutions to communities and organizations in response to disasters, food insecurity, and staffing shortages.

Contact to learn more about our capabilities to provide upwards of 60,000 daily meals.

2022 Golf Tournament

Celebrity BBQ Academy and Golf Classic!
Sign up today!

Do you love to golf and enjoy good BBQ?
Your golf team will play on one of the best courses in the Kansas City area while sampling delicious BBQ and drink pairings throughout the course.

Do you love good BBQ but do not golf?
Sign up for the BBQ Academy course. Participants in teams of 4 will get a fast-paced introduction to the craft and science of BBQ at different stations throughout the golf course. You’ll learn the tools of the trade, the difference between hot-n-fast and low-n-slow, and how to apply them to turn out the best grilling and BBQ you have ever tried.

Come hungry and get ready for a fun-filled day to further the mission of Operation BBQ Relief.

Volunteer Spotlight

Sharon Bonner – Aubrey, TX

Deployments:  OK Veterans Family Celebration, Houston Winter Storm, Hammond, LA and Mayfield, KY

How did you get involved with Operation BBQ Relief?
My husband Kevin Hogan heard from his BBQ friends and he went to Houston following Hurricane Harvey.  He came back with so many good things to say about what was being done. When an opportunity came up, I went on my first deployment.

Why volunteer with Operation BBQ Relief?
We have always tried to help out when we can through local charities and our church.  Operation BBQ Relief gave us the chance to be even more hands on.  We are able to help people while doing what we love to do – BBQ.  Operation BBQ Relief is able to arrive and help within days of a disaster occurring which meant alot to me.  I grew up on the tornado belt and have seen the devastation firsthand.  It was the pull of being able to help people right away that really inspired me.  I love feeding people, and these are people that need feeding.

Favorite Operation BBQ Relief moment:
During the Houston Winter Storm response, we met a waitress at Denny’s that saw we were wearing Operation BBQ Relief shirts.  When we told her we volunteer for Operation BBQ Relief, she teared up and told us about what her family had been going through and that they had received meals from Operation BBQ Relief.  All the pipes burst in their home and the household was made up of her, her daughter, son-in-law and baby.  They only had one outside spigot as a source of water.  They were using their car motor to heat formula for the baby.  Operation BBQ Relief gave the adults hot meals and encouragement.  I was in tears by the end of her story.


Order your St. Patrick’s Day t-shirt by March 2nd for delivery by St. Patrick’s Day!
$26 S-XL, $28 2XL-4XL
Shipping and handling included.


Help share the healing power of BBQ! Make new friends!
Register to volunteer on the Operation BBQ Relief App or sign-up at

Corporate Supporters



Join the #iamOBR movement with a tax deductible monthly contribution where you can select donation options to help support Operation BBQ Relief.


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.