Operation BBQ: Non-Profit Feeding Tornado Survivors

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GARLAND -- The cleanup continues for folks in Garland and Rowlett after tornadoes turned homes and lives upside down.

“I told my wife we need to get into the hallway, and by that time we got in, it blowed the whole front of the house,” said Tommy King.

“Right now, we’re just trying to recover, clean up and start the next step after that,” King's Son-in-law Keith Franklin said.

For many, the next step is a steep one -- cleaning up and rebuilding what the tornado left behind. But while they struggle with their new normal, one non-profit wants to make sure folks get a warm meal.

“Operation BBQ Relief is a disaster relief non-profit organization that was started after the Joplin Tornado almost five years ago,” explained Stan Hays, co-founder of Operation BBQ Relief.

Bryan McLarty has been with Operation BBQ since the beginning, “We feed the first responders, we feed the victims, we set up and feed law enforcement 24 hours a day.”

This group has been feeding thousands of folks since nine tornados twisted through town.

“We know this area, we know the community. I have friends that live that have been affected over in this area. It's a pretty gut-wrenching feeling," McLarty said.

“The doors on this bedroom and the doors on that bedroom blew off the hinges,” said King.

For Tommy King and his family,  a warm meal goes a long way.

“That means so much to the community. If it wasn’t for people who just do things like that out of the kindness of their heart," Franklin said. "I mean, that helps a lot.”

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