On April 27, 2011 a multiple vortex EF4 tornado swept across the state of Alabama, and wiped out a large portion of Tuscaloosa, AL, where I grew up. I spent several weeks helping my family and friends repair property damage. During that time we were blessed by various people and organizations that helped us in our time of need.
In May 2013 my friend, John Wheeler, invited me to join him in Moore, OK to help an organization I’d not heard of at the time feed victims of the tornado that had recently hit the town. This was my introduction to Operation BBQ Relief. Over the course of a week we fed victims and first responders and met many people that had been through what my family had been through—and I knew this was something I wanted to be a part of.
Working with OBR is my way of giving back for the kindness we received in our time of need. I never thought I would have to depend on the kindness of strangers, but I’m thankful that it led me to OBR in its roundabout way. It’s a truly humbling experience to know that we are able to comfort others with a hot meal and a word of encouragement and I’m grateful for the opportunity to repay my debt of gratitude.