Sometimes adversity brings out the best in people, and that was certainly true for Madison County during last week’s winter storm.
Early Thursday morning, the snow continued to fall as neighbors worked together to clear sidewalks and driveways. Throughout the day, road maintenance crews worked tirelessly, barely keeping up with the lingering snow.
On Friday, Main Street Church of God had opened its doors to people in need of warm shelter from the snow and freezing weather that followed. The warming center is expected to remain open until Tuesday.
Throughout the city, the Christian Center offered bus tickets for those who needed to get to the warming center.
At a local homeless encampment, residents praised the county health department and local police for occasionally checking in and providing help, even if that help came in the form of a cup of coffee. hot.
Some local businesses have chosen to close at the height of the storm so as not to endanger their employees or customers.
We thank and congratulate those who braved the cold and risked dangerous road conditions to help us stay safe.
We thank our police officers, firefighters and first responders for remaining on high alert. We thank the organizations that have opened their doors to people in need. We especially thank those ordinary residents who helped their neighbors simply because it was the right thing to do.
When watching the national news cycle, it sometimes seems like Americans are hopelessly divided, but it’s times like this that have tested us, and Madison County has pulled it off with flying colors.