DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — A Wiregrass chef is doing all he can to serve the Uvalde community after the tragic school shooting at Robb Elementary School.
When Joeurt Puk, better known as Hibachi Joe, heard the news of the mass school shooting in Uvalde, Texas that claimed the lives of 19 students and two teachers, he knew he had to do something to help.
“It was just touching me when I saw something on Facebook, people mentioning it,” Puk said. “I dug into and researched, I was like oh my this is children, this is a school, this a lot.”
After he heard the news he decided to use his talents as a private hibachi chef to, drive 14 hours, and provide meals to anyone in the Uvalde community who needs it.
“I had a dream that if I grow up if I have the ability when I grow to give back that’s what I want to do,” Puk said. “So now in this day in age, I have a chance to give and I want to offer this service to be right there, at their place, at that moment.”
Puk served nearly 400 meals while he was in Texas, all for free.
He says the joy his food brings to a community that is dealing with tragedy is all the reward he needs.
“Seeing his smile or seeing her smile to me that’s enough for me to be happy, that’s worth a trip, that’s worth the effort, that’s worth my time, my energy the costs,” Puk said. “All that to me that is what God called me to do.”
Joe says he hopes that his trip will encourage others to take whatever talents they have and use them for the great good.