Yvonne Cagle, manager of 4U Cafe at H&H Shooting Sports , is used to working with food. She is known for her onion burgers and hand-cut fries.
She cooks and serves, but until she helped deliver 1,000 sandwiches to tornado-ravaged areas, Cagle said she had never seen a grown man cry when he was given a sandwich.
Cagle, a Del City resident, said she helped organize food service in shelters after the May 1999 tornado.
Her experience was called on again to organize employees and shooting sports club members who volunteered to put together 1,300 brown bag lunches that were delivered May 27 to Moore and Little Axe.
Miles Hall, president of H&H, said his company has done fundraisers and has helped with community events for years, ranging from picking up trash to being involved with the Chamber of Commerce.
“We asked for volunteers to help put these peanut butter and jelly sandwiches together, or foil packages of tuna,” Hall said. “We figured it would take all day Sunday, but so many people showed up to help it was done in one hour. People want to be a part of helping.”
The bags contained chips, granola bars or candy bars. The focus was to provide basic, simple lunches that didn't need refrigeration, delivered to areas where people are out working.
The lunches were loaded up in cars and taken to areas of need.
“One man was so happy to see a package of Cheetos,” Cagle said. “This was just so peaceful to do, and it was so humbling. One man took a bite of his sandwich and started to cry.”
Hall and Cagle said the food distribution would be provided by H&H again in a couple of weeks.
“We know the need will be there for a long time,” Hall said.
For more information, to donate supplies or to volunteer, go to www.hhshootingsports.com or call 947-3888.