The chefs who are preparing meals for hundreds of Secret Service agents, Georgia Highway Patrol troopers, National Guard troops and others providing security during three days of memorials for former first lady Rosalynn Carter have vast experience feeding huge crowds, usually in disaster zones.
In their trademark yellow shirts and caps, Georgia Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers will spend the next three days in mobile kitchens where they will prepare tasty cuisine served at no charge.
“It’s just a privilege for us to be able to do this,” said David Reynolds, a Baxley, Georgia, resident who is heading up the project. “We know that we’re helping not only the Carter family but also these support people.”
The Disaster Relief volunteers served 700 meals on Sunday and expect to double that on Wednesday when people will gather in Plains for the first lady’s private funeral.
Volunteers with Georgia Baptist Disaster Relief are supported by the 2,400 churches that make up the Georgia Baptist Convention, the state’s largest religious organization with about 1.4 million members.
Georgia’s Disaster Relief teams are routinely deployed across the state and nation to assist victims of earthquakes, floods, wildfires, tornadoes, and hurricanes. Besides the mobile kitchens, the volunteers shovel muck from flooded homes, cut toppled trees off homes, fasten tarps over badly damaged roofs, sift through ashes of burned homes in search of anything that can be returned to families, and provide spiritual counseling to hurting survivors.
Georgia volunteers went to Poland last year to assist refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine.
The goal, said Chris Fuller, a longtime Disaster Relief volunteer and a retired campus minister for Baptist Collegiate Ministries, is “to bring hope, healing and help” to those who need it most.
The first lady’s family has begun three days of memorials. Mrs. Carter died Nov. 19 at the age of 96.
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EDITOR’S NOTE — This story was written and originally published by the Christian Index.