STAN HAYS CNN HERO

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I am personally asking for your assistance for a great cause. Operation BBQ Relief/Co-founder Stan Hays have been recognized by CNN as one of the top ten community organizations in the country making a difference. The top winner will be chosen by online voting and will receive a $100,000 award, as well as be recognized as CNN’s Hero of 2017. Your vote will help them get there! Please follow this link: http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/cnn.heroes/vote/. Follow the instructions to “login”. Don’t worry, you will NOT get spam or added to a list, they just need to verify you are a real person. You can vote up to 10x in each of the 3 ways available to vote, everyday. Will you vote today?

About Operation BBQ Relief

Operation BBQ Relief was founded in May, 2011 in response to a need for relief efforts in tornado-stricken Joplin, Missouri. On Sunday evening, May 22, a massive multi-vortex EF5 tornado plowed through the southwest Missouri community of about 50,000 residents, killing over 140 people and injuring more than 1,000. It left a path of almost total destruction six miles long and over a half mile wide. It is now classified as the second deadliest tornado in U.S. history.

In the wake of this nearly unprecedented destruction, competition barbecue teams from eight states answered the call to help feed displaced families and police, fire, National Guard and emergency personnel. The group, headed by Stan Hays (County Line Smokers), Jeff Stith (Big Creek BBQ) and Will Cleaver (Sticks N Chicks BBQ), was able to serve over 120,000 barbecue meals in less than two weeks during the operation in Joplin. Food was served from our location in the community and delivered to shelters, hospitals, senior living communities and the Humane Society. Volunteers also loaded food into vehicles and delivered directly to families in the impacted areas within the tornado’s footprint. The operation was made possible by many businesses who contributed food and supplies and people from across the country who donated cash.

As a result of efforts in Joplin, Operation BBQ Relief was born. The Joplin operation will be used as a model for future disasters such as hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, floods and other tornadoes. We are a not-for-profit corporation registered in all fifty states and ready to respond to natural disaster emergencies across the United States.

Thank you for taking time to do this for our friends at Operation BBQ Relief.

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