Winter storm causes both thankfulness and concern

From the Publisher Jay Nolan
From the Publisher
Jay Nolan

Do you remember where you were last Friday night? Snow was falling, and had been falling all day. It fell faster than I can remember seeing in over the half century I have been alive. And it was cold, not bitter cold, but below freezing. In fact, Friday night I was very grateful for our warm fireplace!

But not everyone was sitting warmly by the fire like me. Magistrate Jason Lake and some of Knox County’s road crew employees were out clearing the roads. It was dark, cold and, “The snow was so heavy, I was afraid a snow-covered tree was going to fall over on my father-in-law’s truck.” Jason told me.

Talking to Jason reminded me of all those who had to work for the city, county or state the storm forced to battle the elements to serve and protect us. This past week there were also lots of folks working extra hours at Barbourville Utilities, Cumberland Valley RECC, and several other places. I think all involved deserve a big “Thank you” for their hard work!

But even with all the commendable work so many did, one group locally has had a particularly rough go both before and during the storm – young children. And for some of them, the situation is only getting worse.

Why? Because as Knox Board member Merrill Smith reminded me this week, the sad fact is when school is canceled; many kids in Knox County don’t get a hot meal. Some go hungry. Our schools have been out for over a week now. It may be even longer before they reopen.

So, as we all recover from this storm, keep our youth in mind. If you can help a child or family that needs food, please do. Also, KCEOC, Southeastern Kentucky harvest, some churches, and other agencies that reach out to help feed these families would also appreciate donations right now.

How we as a community care for our youngest, I think, reflects back on all of us.

What do you think?