From the Heart – October 2021

Oct 29, 2021 | Newsletters

From the Heart

October 2021

Message from the Co-Founders

Operation BBQ Relief continues to monitor disasters to share the one hot meal that matters with communities in need. Our staff and key volunteers recently held a leadership meeting at our Tampa warehouse to discuss our disaster response and programs during blue sky days. We continue to review procedures and operations to help become more efficient as an organization. We are grateful to the thousands of volunteers and supporters that come together each year to share their time, talents, and treasure with Operation BBQ Relief. 

We have served over 9,495,256  meals since 2011 because of your support. As we wrap up 2021 in the last few months, we ask each of you to join our efforts by creating a personal fundraiser to share with friends, family members, neighbors, and co-workers. Each campaign takes only a few minutes to create and will make a lifelong impact.

Create a Facebook campaign

Create a GoFundMe campaign

Thank you for your generous support of Operation BBQ Relief.

We wish you and your family a safe and Happy Halloween!

Much respect,

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

Hammond Deployment Highlights

The Healing Power of BBQ
135 Volunteers
7,357 Volunteer Hours
247,055 Hot Meals

The Always Serving Project®

Operation BBQ Relief provided 2000 BBQ meals to members of the military and their families at Fort Bragg, NC. Thank you to the wonderful volunteers that worked day and night to help serve those who serve us.

The United States Armed Services neither explicitly, or implicitly, endorses, sponsors, or is affiliated with Operation BBQ Relief. Images of military persons in uniform may contain protected Military Service marks and identifiers.

Area Coordinator Spotlight

Ross Tilbury – Louisiana

Deployments: Houston, TX; Tallahassee, FL; Grand Bahama Island; Tulsa, OK; Franklin/Alto, TN; Lake Charles, LA

How did you get involved with Operation BBQ Relief? I got involved with Operation BBQ Relief by learning about the organization at a National BBQ and Grilling Association Conference in 2017. When they asked for volunteers during lunch, I volunteered.

Why volunteer with Operation BBQ Relief? It’s wonderful to work with people who are passionate about putting out a quality meal to serve to people in need who have experienced a devastating disaster.

My favorite Operation BBQ Relief Moment: The moment that sticks out was in Franklin, TX when a tornado had wiped out a good portion of a neighborhood and a crew was cutting trees off of houses. We were distributing meals and asked a team member from the crew if he would like a hot BBQ meal. His response with a big smile: “Absolutely, all I have is a peanut butter sandwich.” I also enjoyed being at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest and seeing Operation BBQ Relief take the prestigious Grand Champion Award.



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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.