Help for those without Power

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

Thousands of folks in the Mid-Ohio Valley were still without power Thursday, but there is help available.

Martha Stele is volunteering her free time to help keep people without electricity comfortable.

Stele, other volunteers and American Red Cross officials set up a shelter at the Belpre Church of Christ, hoping to bring those without power out of the cold.

"There are some, especially out in the country that just have no place to go; that have no alternate heating site," Katy Sulfridge, with the MOV American Red Cross, said.

"I just can't imagine being cold and not having somewhere to go, so now people can come here and not be cold in the evenings or even during the day," Stele said.

If you're living without electricity, the shelter is a great place to stay and get something to eat, but there are some things you should bring with you.

"They like you to bring your own pillow if you have a pillow," Stele said.

So after grabbing that pillow and some personal toiletries, the doors are open to all in need of a warm place to stay.

The Red Cross has also set up a shelter in Marietta at the Christ United Methodist Church.


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  • by s Location: ohio on Feb 2, 2009 at 07:59 AM
    That is very nice but most of us only found out about options after our power came back on. Maybe someone should go around and check on these people without power and offer assistance that way. especially the older people that just crawl under the covers and wait for power or help!
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