Man Takes Grill & Truckload of Food to Feed Kentucky Tornado Victims

by Clayton Edwards
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Mr. Rogers remains a beacon of hope and kindness years after his death. In one of the life lessons he taught countless young people, Rogers famously relayed some wisdom his mother gave him. When he would see scary or heartbreaking things on the news, Rogers’ mother told him “Look for the helpers. You will always see people who are helping.” In the wake of the deadly tornadoes that ripped through six states, destroyed countless homes, and ended dozens of lives, we’re all doing the same. Jim Finch is one of those people. He brought food and drink to the people of Mayfield, Kentucky. More importantly, he brought hope.

Today, folks around the internet (the Outsider team included) are hailing Jim Finch as a hero. However, it’s clear from the two short clips of him making their rounds on Twitter that he doesn’t feel the same. Finch saw that his fellow Kentuckians were in need. So, he stepped up to the plate to help out. In his own words, “It just needed to be done.”

Jim Finch: Doing What Needs to Be Done

ABC journalist Victor Ordoñez introduced the world to Jim Finch. He posted two videos of the Kentucky-born hero on his Twitter feed on Sunday, two days after a tornado destroyed most of the town. In the first video, above, Finch shared why he was there with his grill and truckload of food. “I know they don’t have no electricity, so that means they don’t have no electric, no restaurants, no running water, so I just figured I’d do what I can do – show up with some food and some water.”

In the second video, we learn a little more about Jim Finch and what he was cooking for the people of Mayfield. When Ordoñez asked if he was from the area, Finch said he was born in nearby Paducah. Now, he lives about half an hour away. His goal for the day was a simple one, “Tryin’ to feed the people.”

When asked what he was cooking Jim Finch said, “Hamburgers, chicken, I got sausage, eggs. Just some little simple stuff that you can have and not have to worry about making a mess. Grab and go type of food.”

Later in the short clip, the journalist asked Finch if he owned a restaurant. He smiled, shook his head, and replied, “No, sir. It just needed to be done.”

Jim Finch is putting hot food in the bellies of Mayfield, Kentucky residents. No one can dispute the importance of that act. However, the hope that he’s giving to people in the area is just as important. He’s showing residents that they’re not alone, that people are still out there willing to help them carry on and rebuild. This world needs more people like Mr. Finch. Our hats are off to this extraordinary man.