Claremore couple prepares to feed thousands of victims, first responders in Texas

Posted at 4:43 PM, Aug 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-27 15:59:35-04

CLAREMORE, Okla. - A Claremore couple is shipping off to Texas Saturday morning to help victims of Hurricane Harvey. 

Destiny Life Church has been buzzing all day long as Lisa and Nathan Saylor get packed up.

“We’re pre-deploying which is a little bit unusual, but this storm is pretty unprecedented," said Mercy Chefs Managing Chef Lisa Saylor. 

This, as Hurricane Harvey inches closer to South Texas. 

“I don’t leave here thinking I’m making 500 meals, I leave here thinking I’m making 5,000.”

Lisa, or Chef Lisa as she's known, travels to the center of natural disasters and does what she does best.

“Something wonderful happens over that plate of food.”

Thousands of hot meals will come from her giant, white mobile kitchen a day. 

Going to those who opted out of the rush away from the storm. 

“To be able to provide something to give them comfort in that time is very rewarding." 

Her husband, refusing to let her do it alone. 

“There’s something in her spirit that drives her to be a servant to other people," said Nathan Saylor. 

And the people of Claremore are standing behind them both. 

Community members including the Rogers State University Baseball Team stopped by throughout the day to help them pack up the mobile kitchen with everything they could possibly need.

As equipment piles in their pickup truck, Lisa wonders if it's enough. 

“If this turns out to be what the predictions are, our food bill will be close to $20,000 a day."

But box by box, supply by supply, she packs her faith too.

“I do a lot of praying before I go in because you can’t help but be spiritually moved," she said. “I want to be that smile that lets them know there’s hope and there’s people all around the world that care about what’s happening to them.”

Mercy Chefs runs off of private donations for food and supplies, you can donate here

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