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Local woman helps cook, deliver BBQ to those in need

Posted at 4:44 PM, Oct 18, 2018
and last updated 2019-10-02 09:47:45-04

CHATTAHOOCHEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Have you ever gone a long time without BBQ, and craved cooked corn or pulled pork right off the grill?

Well, after Hurricane Michael ripped through communities in the Big Bend, many people were left without power, so grilling BBQ was not an option.

Enter Cassie Thomas. Thomas is a volunteer for Operation BBQ Relief, which cooks and delivers BBQ to people in need of meals. 

"I don't have money that a can give but I have a whole lot of time and love so I wanted to come out and do what I could do by helping prepare the meals and deliver them to the neighboring counties," said Thomas.

Thomas has already delivered 200 meals in two days.

"There are people in low-line areas and rural areas that don't have lights, they don't have transportation, but they need people to come to them to be a blessing," said Thomas. 

On Thursday, Thomas hit the road to Chattahoochee, a place devastated by Hurricane Michael.

With 100 meals on Thursday, Thomas settled at the Flint Garden Apartments and Gadsden County was more than pleased. 

"We are thankful for her to come out and feed the neighborhood because half the people food just got ruined and thrown in the garbage," said Cecily Murphy, a Chattahoochee resident.

"The fact that Cassie is out here, Operation BBQ, the front lineman, the sheriff's department. Everyone has been really supportive," said Sophie Grandison, a Gadsden County resident.

A job well done and a job Thomas plans on doing until she's no longer needed, no matter how long that is. 

"I have love, we are suppose to help our fellow man" said Thomas.