One more day to vote for local man behind Operation BBQ Relief selected as finalist for CNN’s Hero of the Year

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The deadline to vote for a local man who was chosen as a finalist for CNN's 2017 Top 10 Heroes is approaching quickly.

Tuesday is the final day to vote for Stan Hays, a Grand Champion pitmaster, who uses his barbecuing skills to feed people in need.

Since 2011, his nonprofit, Operation BBQ Relief, has prepared almost 1.7 million meals for disaster survivors and first responders -- including during recent hurricanes in Texas and Florida.

"Seeing the people working and knowing the impact the meals are making -- it can't help but bring a smile to your face, maybe a tear to your eye," Hays said.

Stan along with each of the other nine heroes will receive a $10,000 cash prize. One of the 10 will be named "CNN Hero of the Year" and receive an additional $100,000 for his or her cause.

Operation BBQ Relief Co-founder Will Cleaver said he's excited about the prospect of what the $100,000 award could mean for the nonprofit, which was on a bit of a shoestring budget even before the recent natural disasters.

But both Hays and Cleaver said winning the award would really be recognition for their more than 6,000 volunteers.

"It's not about any one person because anyone person couldn't do it," Cleaver said. "It takes everybody for this to be able to happen."

Click here to vote for Stan. You can vote using your email login, Facebook login, or Messenger up to ten times per day, per method for a total of 30 votes per day. Voting closes Tuesday night.

The winner will be announced Sunday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m.

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