Hello Weber,

I wanted to share a story that involves your product.

For the last 3 years our local Conejo Church in Newbury Park, California has been serving Thanksgiving dinner to the people who are primarily homeless living in and around a local motel called the Premier Inn. This year our pastor subtly cast out the challenge that “maybe we should be there more often”. And like a hook in fish’s cheek, that took hold and we’ve been serving dinner there every Friday night since.

Yes, we’re there to serve the homeless and those less fortunate, but the look and feel is that of a good old fashioned tailgate party, where everyone is welcome, and everyone is equal. Because we are. And isn’t that what a barbeque is all about!? Getting together with friends and neighbors, hanging out, and fellowshipping with each other.

Since Day 1, this little Weber grill has been the workhorse. Each week, we push that thing to its limit, and sometimes I wonder how it’s still standing. So thank you for making such a great product. I’ve included a few pictures that I think will make you smile.

There were only 5 people in the early days, but now 11 months later we regularly feed 40-50+, and that number looks like it will keep growing. Many are staying in the motel on a regular basis, while others are living in their cars, and some even in the nearby fields. I don’t think any are there by choice, and the stories are sometimes heartbreaking – lost jobs, unexpected health events, evictions, tough economy, poor choices, and bad luck. Real life. I’m guessing that for some, it’s good to look forward to something positive on Friday nights. Some people say it’s the only meal they’ve had that day. We also have a “take table” that hosts all sorts of clothes, toiletries, etc. that anybody can take if they need it.

Everything is supplied by donation…would you be so kind as to provide us with a new grill?

Either way, I just wanted to share a story that I hope will make your people proud of what they’re a part of. Maybe they think they’re just building steel containers, but for us so much more is going on, and I don’t think it would be a stretch to say that good things are happening in people’s lives because of it. So again, thank you!

Brian Padrick