Local organizations partner to pay it forward for Hurricane Dorian victims

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Panhandle is no stranger to the devastation left behind by a hurricane.

You can donate to help Hurricane Dorian victims through Mercy Chefs at any Tyndall Federal Credit Union branch. (WJHG/WECP)

"Mercy Chefs has been so great for our community they've been in Bay County since days after the storm helping out residents here so we know what great work they do and we wanted to do everything can to pay it forward and help them out," said Becca Bonner, AVP of Marketing Tyndall Federal Credit Union.

That's why Tyndall Federal Credit Union and Mercy Chefs are partnering to give back to victims of Hurricane Dorian.

Mercy Chefs Founder and President, Gary LeBlanc, said, "To have them interested in supporting the work that we do is just an amazing thing and it reflects so well on the people that we've come to love in Bay County."

According to Mercy Chefs, just a $2.50 donation is enough to supply a meal to a Hurricane Dorian victim.

"So we have an account for donations so Tyndall members can come and we'll transfer money from their account to this account and non-members can just come and make a monetary donation that we'll put in this account," said Bonner.

Tyndall Federal Credit Union is leading by example. It gave the first donation of $5,000.

LeBlanc said, "We say neighbors helping neighbors is the best way to recovery and we've seen that and continue to work with that in Panama City but to see them count the people of the Bahamas as a neighbor as well and pay it forward is just an incredible testimony."

But that doesn't mean Mercy Chefs will be abandoning the area anytime soon.

"Mercy Chefs continues our operation with full-time staff here in the Panhandle and will be operating in Oscar Patterson [Elementary School] through the school year," added LeBlanc.

You can donate at any of the bank's branches through the end of September.

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