Weather Creating Problems For Community Organizations

By: Amy Walker Email
By: Amy Walker Email

Wednesday was another day with a mixed bag of winter weather. Many counties got some rain, ice, and then snow making for more school closings and slick roads and that makes it harder for community organizations to get to people in need.

It's one of those days that you just want to stay inside, but many of our region's senior citizens depend on others to get out and help them with their daily needs and those needs don't stop when the snow starts to fall.

Pat Williamson loves the snow, but she can't get out in it.

"I've never drove in my life," Williamson said.

She now lives in a senior citizen housing center and the local community action agency helps her get everything she needs, even during a winter storm. But sometimes that can be tough.

"Bad weather like today, we couldn't get out to all the people, so we try to make sure that everyone gets a nutrition meal," said LKLP Cook Louise Jones.

LKLP workers deliver hot meals everyday but when the snow and ice hit, sometimes the meal runs are cancelled. But the cooks beat the winter chill with frozen dinners.

"They bring a full fledged meal for the frozen dinners also, right down to milk and juice," Williamson said.

LKLP workers deliver enough frozen meals for however long the bad weather may last. But everyone likes to get the hot meals back because it means the friends come back too.

Pat Williamson now helps deliver the LKLP meals to others in her building. She says she's grateful not to be worried about her next meal.

"I thank the Lord every day for these people and for this meal program they have," Williamson said.

Officials say they are always sure to get frozen dinners out in advance and of course they say they will find a way to get to anyone who needs help in an emergency.

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