He’s doing his part!
A man brought a grill and a truckload of food to help feed victims of the recent tornado in Kentucky, Today.com reports.
Jim Finch recently drove to Mayfield, Kentucky with one goal in mind, feeding those in need. Tornadoes ravaged through the South and Midwest this past weekend, Mayfield being one of the areas particularly devastated. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said that more than 100 people were trapped inside a candle factory when it collapsed.
“That will be, we believe, the largest site, the largest place of loss,” Beshear told reporters.
As of Monday, there have been 60 reported deaths as a result of the tornado and more than 100 people are still accounted for. 40 people were rescued from the factory but so many more didn’t make it. One factory worker, Joe Ward, started the job just weeks prior in an effort to save money for a house for himself, his girlfriend and their combined 8 children. Ward died when the warehouse collapsed.
“It was extremely scary. Everything happened so fast. They had us in the area where you go in case there’s a storm, and we were all there. Then, the lights got to flickering, and then all of a sudden, we felt a gust of - we could feel the wind. Then, my ears kind of started popping, you know, as they would as if you’re on a plane,” candle factory survivor Kyanna Parsons-Perez told reporters.
Noting the devastation, Finch was one person who wasn’t going to wait to help out those who needed it the most, taking his grill and a truckload of food to the heart of Mayfield to help feed residents.
“This man drove half an hour with a grill and a truckload of food and parked right in the middle of #Mayfield, Kentucky,” journalist Victor Ordoñez captioned a video of Finch that he posted to Twitter.
Ordoñez then provided a panoramic view of the area, showing several leveled buildings right at the location where Finch set up shop.
This was the scene right before Jim Finch, the man in the video, set up his grill. There was later Church service in that parking lot across from him. pic.twitter.com/RQBvb2y1Ao— Victor Ordoñez (@TheOrdonezTimes) December 12, 2021
“This was the scene right before Jim Finch, the man in the video, set up his grill. There was later Church service in that same parking lot across from him,” said Ordoñez.
Many social media users praised Finch for his contributions.
“That panorama is horrific. Jim Finch brings light. I am sure the church service did too and so do you for documenting it,” one user wrote.
“What a blessing he is. He is warming hearts and bellies with his act of kindness,” another added.
“Such a kind human being. I am humbled by his generosity of spirit!,” another user commented.
Ultimately, Finch said he was just doing what he thought was right and helping out in the best way he knew how.
“I know they don’t have no electricity, so that means they don’t have no electric, no restaurants, no running water, so I just figured I’d do what I can do. Show up with some food and some water,” Finch said.
Thank you for your service Mr. Finch! Because of you, we can!
Photo Courtesy of Victor Ordoñez/Twitter