From the Heart – November 2021

Nov 29, 2021 | Newsletters

From the Heart

November 2021

Message from the Co-Founders

the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

During this month of November, the Operation BBQ Relief team has been constantly reminded of how the organization has grown since 2011 with the theme of gratitude in mind.  We are thankful to the incredible sponsors, supporters, volunteers, and staff that stand ready to show apprecation and kindness in a moment’s notice.  The spirit of gratitude has helped Operation BBQ Relief host numerous Days of Giving events throughout the country.  Veterans experiencing homelessness received a hot meal on Veterans Day.  Families facing poverty due to the wildfires received a delicious gourmet family dinner to reheat on Thanksgiving. Individuals without families or homes received a hot meal on Thanksgiving at various shelters.  We are deeply grateful for each opportunity to give back and show appreciation for communities we have served.

This Giving Tuesday, we invite you to join our efforts to be a force for good and continue to permeate the spirit of gratitude throughout communities in need. 

Thank you for your support of Operation BBQ Relief.

We wish you and your family a wonderful holiday seasion!

Much respect,

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

Support Operation BBQ Relief this Giving Tuesday!


Create your own fundraiser to share with family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. 

Create a Facebook campaign

Create a GoFundMe campaign


Donate by Mail

Operation BBQ Relief
PO Box 414378 WS #198
Kansas City, MO 64141

The Always Serving Project®

Mission accomplished with the Mayor of Flavortown Guy Fieri and The Guy Fieri Foundation! 5000 “off the hook” Thanksgiving Dinners were cooked and delivered in northern California!  Special thanks to Butterball, King’s Hawaiian, and Clover Sonoma for the generous donations to help serve communities in need.

We love teaming up with our incredible supporters, staff, and volunteers to host Days of Giving events for communities coast to coast!

Area Coordinator Spotlight

Lauren Taylor – Louisiana Area Coordinator

Deployments: Lake Charles, LA twice, Houston, TX and Hammond, LA

How did you get involved with Operation BBQ Relief?
I had a good friend from Nashville send me a post that she saw from Operation  BBQ Relief.  Somebody she knew was heading down with Operation BBQ Relief to help after Hurricane Laura devastated Lake Charles, LA. She said it looked like something I’d be interested in and she couldn’t have been more right.

Why volunteer with Operation BBQ Relief?
There are so many ways to help out after a disaster that it can be overwhelming to decide where to invest your time. I’ve worked in the food industry for almost 20 years so I leaned towards that area in where to help. I picked Operation BBQ Relief because BBQ is comfort for me, too. Feeding a person in a time of need is an entire love language. It’s my family’s love language so it just made sense to join an organization that felt the same. Since Day 1 I was welcomed with open arms by Operation BBQ Relief.  These people show up for each other every day, both on and off deployments. That’s super important to me.

Favorite Operation BBQ Relief moment: Learning I was a finalist for not only the New Volunteer Award but also the Motivational Award this year. Being recognized by people you have so much respect for really does something for the soul.


Looking for the perfect holiday gift?
Visit the Operation BBQ Relief store!


Calling all registered volunteers!

Update your profile in the Operation BBQ Relief volunteer app by December 6, 2021 to win prizes.

How to update your volunteer profile:

Read the official sweepstake rules for more info:

Ways to Give

Stocks, Bonds, and Cryptocurrency

Operation BBQ Relief is grateful for the donation of stocks, bonds, and cryptocurrency.  Please contact our accounting team at to arrange a stock, bond, or cryptocurrency transfer.

General Bequest

A general bequest is a great way to make a legacy gift to Operation BBQ Relief. You can leave Operation BBQ Relief a specified dollar amount using the suggested language as follows. Please discuss this with your tax professional and/or legal counsel.

I give the sum of $_____ to Operation BBQ Relief, EIN 45-2442792, a charitable corporation located in Peculiar, Missouri, for its general charitable purposes.

Birthday and Anniversary Fundraiser

Do you have an upcoming birthday or anniversary?

Celebrate your special day and make an impact in serving the one hot meal that matters by creating a personal campaign to support Operation BBQ Relief.

Create a Facebook campaign:

Create a GoFundMe campaign:

Host a Fundraiser

Host a fundraiser to help further the mission of Operation BBQ Relief. Complete the third party fundraiser form at the following link and email to

Amazon Smile

  1. Visit
  2. Select Operation BBQ Relief as your charitable organization so we can receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping.
  3. Begin shopping! Amazon will remember your selection and every eligible purchase you make through AmazonSmile will result in a donation to Operation BBQ Relief.

Amazon Wishlist

Purchase items from the Amazon wishlist to support Operation BBQ Relief. Click here to purchase.

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.