Willie Ray Headed to Help Feed Florida Hurricane Victims


It seems whenever a natural disaster hits, Willie Ray Fairley springs into action. His services are unfortunately called for again in the aftermath of the devastating Hurricane Ian.

The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports that Fairley and his team are planning on leaving for Florida on Friday, October 7th. He said that he hopes to be able to serve people in the Lee County and Fort Meyers areas between October 10th through the 13th. Fairley told the Gazette that the main thing is “figuring out where we’re going to set up at.”

Serving free meals to people in need is an amazing gesture, but it takes manpower. The Gazette reports that Fairley typically needs a staff of six people to run the grills, and prepare and serve the food. KCRG reports that his trip to Florida will only have half the amount of staff as normal. Then there is the cost. Feeding thousands of people can cost up to $10,000.

The Gazette reports that Fairley’s trip to feed Kentucky tornado victims cost $20,000. It was in a much more rural area than what he’ll see in Florida. Willie was able to raise nearly $14,000 to help with the cost of the trip. During trips to help in other states, his restaurant on Blairs Ferry Road remains closed.

If you’d like to help fund Willie Ray’s trip to help hurricane victims in Florida, you can Venmo funds to @WillieRaysQShack. Just use the code 3806 to make your donation.

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