A man drove his truck along with a smoker to the scene of a massive tornado to feed hungry people in need who are clearing the Kentucky town of rubble and debris. Jim Finch drove half an hour to Mayfield, Kentucky and set up shot with his BBQ rig to make sure that nobody in town had to worry about food in the wake of their Holiday Season disaster.
Jim is being lauded for his actions on X as millions of people have viewed videos and other posts celebrating the man’s giving heart and compassion toward others. Jim was definitely losing money to come and spend his time helping others, but he felt that there was no way to better support a community that had just endured a trauma mere hours earlier.
Victor Ordonez posted the video below with the caption, “This man drove half an hour with a grill and a truckload of food and parked right in the middle of #Mayfield, Kentucky.” Beyond that brief caption, it is better to simply hear about the day in the words of the man, Jim Finch, himself. Watch him here:
Ordonez also posted a more comprehensive video here of what the area looked like before Finch set up shop, showing a brutalized and destroyed town with barely any structures left standing in the wake of the tornado. He wrote, “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.”
Jim Finch didn’t feel the need to dive into any philosophical, religious, or moral reason about why the act needed to be done. He simply said that “it just needed to be done,” with a slight shrug of the shoulders. It wasn’t a matter of making a long decision and weighing the pros and cons. Jim felt it was the right thing to do, so he got on his way.
The tornados that struck Kentucky were devastating and placed a solid dark smear on the Christmas Season for many in the state. Governor Andy Beshear had this to say about the wreckage and loss of life due to the extreme weather event. “I’m pretty sure that number (killed in Kentucky) is north of 70 … it may, in fact exceed 100 before the day is done. The level of devastation is unlike anything I have ever seen.”
Beshear wasn’t only giving bad news, as he added in statistics about the number that had been rescued so far as of his press conference. He said, “They rescued 40. There’s at least 15 feet of metal with cars on top of it, barrels of corrosive chemicals that are there, it will be a miracle if anybody else is found alive in it.”
Finch’s actions were a perfect example of what the holiday season is all about. The sense of community and duty to his neighbors, even those from half an hour away, was exemplary and a perfect show of what to do when a town is in need.
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