Giving Tuesday, celebrated this year on December 3, is a global day of giving fueled by the power of collaboration. Individuals, groups, and organizations across the globe recognize this day as an opportunity to give back to the communities and the people they serve.
For Operation BBQ Relief (OBR), Giving Tuesday is all about doing what made them one of the most respected nonprofit organizations – serving hot, delicious barbecue to those affected by natural or other disasters across the country. On numerous occasions in 2019, OBR deployed hundreds of the best barbecue chefs in our nation to help feed displaced families, as well as police, fire, National Guard and emergency personnel. Volunteers from competition barbecue teams played a role in helping those affected by disasters regain a sense of normalcy in their lives.
After getting their start in 2011 in response to tornados that displaced hundreds in Joplin, Missouri, Operation BBQ Relief has now served over three million meals and has deployed disaster response teams to some of the biggest crises across our country, including hurricane relief efforts in North Carolina, Florida, and Texas and wildfire relief efforts in parts of northern and southern California.
Blue Rhino, the official propane sponsor of Operation BBQ Relief, has been with OBR step for step in providing resources to help those affected by natural disasters. As OBR’s first official sponsor, a relationship that began in 2012, we’ve worked together to supply the propane needed to fuel all of OBR’s smokers. Whether it’s delivering propane during disasters or greeting people with friendly smiles during tough times, this partnership has proven to be the perfect fit over the past seven years.
As we consider the spirit of Giving Tuesday and Operation BBQ Relief’s Day of Giving, OBR and Blue Rhino are putting out a call for help. In order to continue serving those who’ve lost so much to natural disasters, OBR is humbly requesting your support in the form of time or monetary donations.
If you would like to register as an OBR volunteer, please visit their volunteer page to find out how you can help those in need across the country, or in your neck of the woods. And if you are able to make a donation, please visit the OBR donation page. Every donation ensures there will be a plate of hot food in front of someone going through an incredibly difficult situation due to a devastating disaster.
We are proud to stand by Operation BBQ Relief as they continuously provide compassion and fuel to those in need. In this season of giving, Blue Rhino gives thanks to OBR and all that they do for communities across the country.