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Hurricane Michael volunteer cooks for survivors

Posted: 10:33 PM, Oct 22, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-23 02:33:17Z

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- A Hurricane Michael volunteer returns to his home in Southwest Florida today and already plans to go back to the Panhandle to help those who survived the storm. 

In the past week Brett Cox fed 2,500 people a day in Mexico Beach and Panama City. 

“Some of them were eating dry noodles. When they were coming to us they were literally crying. Just it was...oh It’s heartbreaking,” said Cox.

Cox along with three other volunteers cooked and passed out food at a local church. When he ran out of food he purchased using donations from people in Southwest Florida, other organizations kicked in. 

“One of the most important organizations - Operation BBQ Relief that’s funded by the United States - by us. People like you and I giving donations to them,” Cox said.

He said he also wanted to thank Disaster Assistance COC, a Texas church that helps people after natural disasters. 

Cox said he also got sick from working in the heat too long.

“I almost passed out a couple times,” he said.

But that didn’t stop him. His motivation for volunteering is personal.

“I’ve been there. I lost my place. I know what they’re going through I lost my place to Irma,” Cox said, referring to Hurricane Irma.

He’s set to drive back to Panama City Wednesday morning and stay through Sunday. But he said he’ll stay longer given the resources. 

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2018 STORM NAMES

Alberto Leslie
Beryl Michael
Chris Nadine
Debby Oscar
Ernesto Patty
Florence Rafael
Gordon Sara
Helene Tony
Isaac Valerie
Joyce William
Kirk


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