Lou. restaurant chain steps up to help Moore, Okla. tornado victims


by Claudia Coffey


Posted on May 27, 2013 at 11:21 PM

Updated Monday, May 27 at 11:46 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A Louisville fried chicken restaurant chain is stepping up to help the victims of the May 20 tornado in Oklahoma.

Employees from Krispy Krunchy Chicken left on Monday, May 27, for Moore. It's a massive effort that has the restaurant and its employees serving up to help those who lost so much.

It's devastation that's hard to comprehend. It's expected to take months for the victims of the May 20 tornadoes to even begin rebuilding. Every aspect of normal life has been put on hold.

Employees of Krispy Krunchy Chicken here in Louisville and across the state are hoping to provide some relief.

"They hooked up with the First Christian Church in Moore. We are bringing equipment from Louisiana and Texas and shipping in the chicken on a Sysco truck and they are just gonna do their part," Harry Dennery, Franchise Director Krispy Krunchy Chicken, said.

Harry Dennery the franchise director in Kentucky says 15 employees flew down on Monday, May 27, to Moore to help serve 10,000 meals to people over three days. Portable fryers and food are being brought in from other states to help with the massive effort. It's a simple free gesture that will go a long way.

"You just cannot believe that everything is flattened. Usually when you think of a tornado you think of it carrying stuff away but this flattened the town, it's unfathomable or how people would survive under a bathtub even," Dennery said.

The F5 tornado that hit the tiny town killed 24 people, including seven children. It ripped a 17-mile-long corridor of destruction through the suburb of Oklahoma City, flattening entire blocks of homes, two schools and a hospital. It will take months to clean up and rebuild. The Red Cross has been on the ground since the storm hit but Dennery knows the people there need all the help they can get.

"There's just not enough resources to feed everybody so anybody that can play a part and there's lots of people doing it from all over the country," Dennery said.

Employees will be serving food there Wednesday, Thursday and Friday before returning home.