There just can’t be enough said about a group of Good Samaritans that are willing to brave icy conditions and the freezing cold to free you from feeling trapped inside your home, especially when you’re elderly or disabled.
This is how Ella Loftis and her 73-year-old mother, Cleota, felt Monday after several of their neighbors in the 700 block of SE 50 came to their home and cleared tree branches from their yard, driveway and a ramp for Cleota’s wheel chair.
“The neighborhood’s just been wonderful,” said Loftis, who uses oxygen tanks to help her breathe and was concerned about feeling trapped in her home all morning. “They all deserve a pat on the back, young and old.”
Loftis said her concerns subsided about 3 p.m. after the helpers finished clearing the debris from her already frozen yard. Now, she and Cleota can focus on staying warm after being without power for several hours.
“God’s with us, we’ll do fine,” Loftis said, who added that she had wrapped her mother in sleeping bags to keep her warm.
Meanwhile, her husband, John, figured out how they could use heat from their gas stove to warm their home.
By Micah Gamino, Staff Writer