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Neighbors helping neighbors: Willard community feeds families during storm

Jeremy D. Wells
Carter County Times

 When winter storms led to power outages and lost water across the county, the Willard community didn’t waste time fretting about what to do. Instead the folks there, like others across the county, stepped up and did what needed to be done to keep their friends and family warm and fed. They didn’t do it for reward or for admiration. 

“I can’t tell you who has helped out, because they don’t want their names mentioned,” explained Whitney Dallaire, who was working in the kitchen at the Willard American Legion Post 342 last week. 

The help they’re receiving from these anonymous community members is going a long way, though. Dallaire said they sent out around 100 to-go trays for delivery the day before, and Missy Pennington estimated the busy kitchen was feeding “300 to 350 dinners a day” to community members without power and those working to restore electricity.

Post commander Richard Dallaire thanked Arrick’s Propane for stepping up to make sure the post had the propane necessary to keep people warm and prepare hot meals. 

“They knew we were doing all the food and stuff, so they came straight out and made sure we had tanks to keep cooking for everybody,” Dallaire said. 

“The whole community has pulled together,” he added, noting that local church groups and businesses have contributed in addition to individuals in and outside the county. 

“It’s been very humbling,” Dallaire said. 

In addition to all the local Willard churches, the Dallaires said, help had come from the Raceland Christian Church in Greenup County, and from local businesses like Hitchins Post, Bayes General Store, Andy’s Market, and others. 

“Ralph’s sent pop,” Whitney Dallaire said. “We’ve had church members and just random community members come in and bring in donations, come in and help clean, delivering meals. Cherokee Baptist Church has delivered thirty meals a day, every day.”

“All the churches in Willard have helped out in one way or another,” Richard chimed in. 

“ZZ’s Bar and Grill sent us take out trays,” Whitney continued. “Robin Webb and Larry Doucet had truckloads of water delivered, and Brian Bayes has helped a lot with coordinating the water delivery. He picked up water from Rattlesnake Ridge… and Grayson Utilities.” 

“Grayson Sanitation came out and picked up our trash, even though they don’t have a route going right now,” she added with a laugh. 

“That was amazing,” Richard said. 

In all, they said, it has been a “humbling” and “rewarding” experience, and they’re proud of the way the community has come together to support one another. 

Contact the writer at editor@cartercountytimes.com

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