After the Snow, Cold Sets In

By: Ann McIntire Email
By: Ann McIntire Email

Residential streets are expected to be completely cleared by 6 a.m. Thursday. After the snow, the focus was on clearing the main roadways. Now that the snow has passed, cold is becoming the concern.

As city crews worked to clear the snow, residential streets were the last to be plowed by Public Works. "They don't start the residential snow plowing until the snow stops," said city council member, Chris Jerram.

Jerram tweeted Wednesday morning that he hadn't seen a plow for some time, a fun way he said, to get the conversation started. "I've given them a B+ so far, but I'm a tough grader."

At the Open Door Mission, volunteers were making the grade, going above and beyond to get to the facility even with snow covered streets. "It doesn't hinder me, I still find a way," said volunteer Christine Swets. "If I'm able to do it, then I'm here every Wednesday."

Swet sees the long line of those in need and wants to help serve up a hot meal. "Even if I could just offer a smile to those people on the other side, it just makes my day."

"We're serving more than 2,000 meals a day, and although school's been closed, it's business as usual here," said President and CEO of Open Door Mission, Candace Gregory. She says 99 percent of the people coming in for a hot meal will also stay overnight, filling up their overflow areas.

For a hot meal on the go, The Salvation Army's Winter Night Watch program is up and running.

"As we get toward the end of the month, it's usually a pretty heavy crowd, so we'll probably serve 250 meals tonight," said nine year volunteer, Annette Zeplin.

Volunteers hitting the streets, to bring warm food, clothing, and overall... a warm feeling to those in need on a cold winter night.

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