Operation BBQ Relief Prepares Food for Houston's Needy - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Harvey Aftermath

Harvey Aftermath

Harvey was a category 4 hurricane then became a flooding event on the Texas Gulf Coast

Operation BBQ Relief Prepares Food for Houston's Needy

    Dozens of pit masters and volunteers with Operation BBQ Relief arrive in downtown Houston Wednesday to serve thousands of meals to first responders and survivors. (Published Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017)

    If food is love, then love has arrived in Houston.

    Dozens of volunteers with Operation BBQ Relief arrived in downtown Houston Wednesday to serve thousands of meals to first responders and survivors. Pit masters, restaurant owners and barbecue enthusiasts traveled from across the country to get cooking.

    Chris Huggins drove from North Texas with donated food and trucks from Copper Express and Encore Wire in McKinney. He's been volunteering with Operation BBQ Relief for several years.

    "I love barbecue. I love cooking barbecue. I love helping people. So I could cook barbecue and help people all at the same time," he said. "It's a win-win."

    Operation BBQ Relief Prepares Food for Houston's Needy

    [DFW] Operation BBQ Relief Prepares Food for Houston's Needy

    Operation BBQ Relief prepares more than 10,000 meals in downtown Houston for emergency responders, churches and others who need help.

    (Published Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017)

    Huggins experienced the love firsthand when his hometown of Rowlett was hit by the 2015 tornadoes. Operation BBQ relief arrived to serve thousands of meals.

    "The state of Texas is united. When one city hurts, we hurt with them," said Huggins.

    Volunteer William Tischina didn't have to travel far.

    "I'm here to help out my city," said Tischina.

    His home and his parent's home flooded, but the barbecue enthusiast wanted to do something to help his hometown.

    "We got to stay strong. We got to overcome this. Do whatever we can to help the city rebuild and this is part of the rebuilding process."

    Big Tex Makes Debut With Tribute to Hurricane Harvey Victims

    [DFW] Big Tex Makes Debut With Tribute to Hurricane Harvey Victims

    It's perhaps the best time of the year for many North Texans -- welcoming back Big Tex! Because that just means the State Fair of Texas is right around the corner.

    (Published Friday, Sept. 22, 2017)

    Operation BBQ relief will serve meals on site in downtown Houston and will package meals to be delivered to thousands of first responders and shelters.

    More:operationbbqrelief.org

    NBC 5 and Kroger are teaming up to get help with the relief effort for the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey. Visit your neighborhood Kroger and make a monetary donation to the American Red Cross at Kroger's check-out registers. All of the money will go to the Red Cross Disaster Relief. The American Red Cross is working around the clock to help those in need by providing food, shelter and emotional support for the people whose lives have been disrupted. Visit RedCross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS for more information on the relief efforts.

     

    Other ways to help the victims of Hurricane/TS Harvey:

     

    DONATE MONEY

    The Salvation Army is also accepting financial donations. Salvation Army 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769) HelpSalvArmy.org

     

    DONATE BLOOD
    Carter BloodCare will send blood donations to its partners affected by Hurricane Harvey. 1-877-571-1000. Text DONATE4LIFE to 444-999

     

    HELP PETS
    SPCA of Texas is expecting 300 cats and dogs to come to North Texas. The agendy is asking for donations of cat litter, litter boxes, towels, blankets, treats, toys and newspaper. Donations can be dropped off at the following two locations: SPCA of Texas Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center at 2400 Lone Star Drive in Dallas and the SPCA of Texas at 8411 Stacy Road in McKinney. Monetary donations can be made online at SPCA.org/gift