SWFL woman helps nonprofit provide meals to first responders at Surfside building collapse

As families mourn their losses in the collapse at the Champlain Towers condo in Surfside, first responders take comfort knowing they’re bringing closure to dozens of loved ones through their work. But they couldn’t do it without a special group behind the scenes, giving them a dose of faith.

Mercy Chefs is a faith-based, nonprofit that specializes in disaster relief. It was at a small kitchen in Surfside that we originally met the Mercy Chefs.

Men and women of Mercy Chefs run a 24-hour operation to feed the first responders braving the Champlain Towers pile. They have all faced tough conditions in Surfside.

Along with physical effort, Mercy Chefs utilizes prayer to overcome challenges, and the nonprofits prayers were answered by a woman from across the state in Southwest Florida.

Stacie Nikkel read about Mercy Chefs and started calling around to local businesses.

“Before you know it, the car was full, and off I went,” Nikkel said.

Nikkel works for Belfor Property Restoration in Bonita Springs. They pooled their resources and got Grumpy Goat and Stan’s Coffee on board, collecting coffee and fresh produce for the Mercy Chefs’ kitchen.

“Even if you think like, ‘Oh, what I have to give will not make an impact, but if I have this and you have that and she has this and they have that and we come together, then, the impact obviously grows,” Nikkel said.

Every little bit makes a big difference. If you’d like to help the nonprofit in Surfside, visit the Mercy Chef’s website.

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Reporter:Sydney Persing
Writer:Jack Lowenstein
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