Truckers Stranded in Brutal Winter Storm Served Hot Meals Thanks to Kindness of Locals
Clinton, MS/Houghton, LA/Tyler, TX – Some truckers stranded in this week’s brutal winter weather unexpectedly received hot meals thanks to the kindness of locals.
On Monday, a Mississippi woman and retired U.S. Army veteran named Evelyn Fletcher cooked 65 meals for those stranded in nearby hotels.
After posting her plan to Facebook, delivery truck drivers wanted to help distribute the food.
So, they helped Fletcher distribute the meals to families in some nearby Clinton hotels as well as to hungry and cold truckers stranded along Interstate 20.
The story garnered so much attention in the community that a local eatery, T’Beaux’s Crawfish and Catering, wanted to join in.
The next day, T’Beaux’s cooked seafood dishes and packed them with water for another day of food deliveries.
Fletcher told local outlet WLBT she did it to show the love of God to people in need.
“Just show people who God is outside the four walls of the church because we go to church,” said Fletcher. “We fellowship, but what good is it if we’re not helping our fellow man and woman?”
Meanwhile, a group of residents in a small Louisiana town had a similar idea.
Brandy Mercer, of Houghton, told Storyful she and some friends went out to buy beer when they came across stranded truckers at a convenience store.
That’s when they jumped into action to help.
Mercer posted a video to TikTok of her and her friends passing out cups of hot soup to those in need.
“These people have been stuck here for days with no gas and no hot food,” the message in the video says. “We were told no gas or food would come for at least a week. Don’t forget about these people. They are the ones who sacrifice for you and your family.”
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The worst of the storm battered Texas bringing record snowfall and freezing temperatures.
Millions spent days without power and water.
Scores of truck stops in the Lonestar State were stranded without power and diesel.
However, truckers at a Pilot Travel Center in Tyler were treated to hot meals by a local couple.
According to Ginger Crader, Holly Seley and her husband Lonny cooked and served dishes such as oatmeal, venison soup, chili and cornbread to stranded truckers throughout the storm.
Crader was traveling with her trucker husband and took to Facebook to express her gratitude.
“GOD IS GOOD,” she wrote. “Feeling blessed for sure again today by this beautiful couple that came out to feed the truckers.”
Crader told Transportation Nation Network (TNN) Lonny went from truck to truck knocking on doors to make sure all who wanted a hot meal received one.
The McDonald’s inside the truck stop had closed “for a few days,” so the meals provided by the Seley’s was a “God send,” Crader explained to TNN.
“They also called everyday to check on us and see if there’s was anything we needed,” she said. “They are an AMAZING couple!”
These are only a few examples of the generosity local communities showed truckers this week.
If you were stranded in the storm, feel free to share your experiences on our Facebook page or in our member’s only comments section below.
Photos courtesy Ginger Crader
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