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    Posted December 24, 2013 by
    Portland, Michigan
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Wintry weather 2014

    Ice Storm Brings Charity and the Christmas Spirit.

    In case you have not heard the news, the Mid West was hit with a massive ice storm on Saturday night. As a result thousands are without power. We are grateful for linemen and tree cutting crews coming in from other states to restore power, especially since many of them are missing Christmas with their own families.

    The out-of-area crews are just a few of the people brining the Christmas spirit. I have witnessed the kindness of the season in many ways. Stores, running on generators, are out of batteries, propane, and well generators. But the clerks are helpful and cheerful. I have witnessed neighbors stopping by to check on others. Neighbors are loaning generators long enough to warm up a house and stop the water pipes from freezing. Those that have gotten power (and managed to keep it) are opening their homes to friends and family for showers, laundry, and re-charging. [If you don't know about ice storms, the danger of falling limbs is constant, particularly when the temps remain below freezing for several days. When the limbs or tree falls, it takes out power lines, thus defeating anywork by the line crews.].
    One Cooperative has members that are waking up early to fix hot breakfasts, box lunches, and cookie snacks for the line crews out working.
    This ice storm may have brought coldness and destruction but the human spirit will prevail. St. Andrews will still be holding a midnight mass tonight, even though there is no power. It is requested that attendees bring their own flashlights. :)
    Merry Christmas!

    The picture attached shows ice that had gathered on the trees BEFORE the storm hit.

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