Devastating tornadoes recently ravaged parts of the south and Midwest, destroying homes and leaving heartbreak in their wake. In Kentucky alone, dozens of people lost their lives, and over a thousand homes and buildings were destroyed. In the days and weeks after the tornadoes, disaster relief efforts grew to help those impacted by the destruction. While some efforts were wide-spread, people like Jim Finch are a touching reminder that every single person can make a difference.
When Jim Finch saw the people of his home state struggling, he packed up his grill and got to work. Finch drove from Tennessee with a truck full of food, keenly aware that much of Kentucky was still without power. Though they were complete strangers, Finch was unwilling to let the people of Mayfield go another day without a hot meal.
“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,” Finch said in a video shared on Twitter. “Show up with some food and some water.”
— Victor Ordoñez (@TheOrdonezTimes) December 12, 2021
Finch parked his truck in an area that was hit particularly hard, with remnants of buildings lining the streets where they stood just days before. Many of the town’s residents lost everything when the tornadoes hit, their beloved town transformed into a heartbreaking shell of its former self. Jim’s grill served as a beacon of hope for Mayfield residents, a reminder that they weren’t alone during an incredibly difficult time.
When asked about his decision to help, Finch’s response was simple but extraordinary: “It just needed to be done.”