Anna Residents Help Clear Snow and Ice
ANNA -- With several inches of snow falling all around the region, there's no doubt it caused folks some headaches. But the winter storm is also bringing out the best in people. There's no greater proof of that than in Union County, where neighbors are helping each other dig out of the snow.
Sunday's Church service at First Baptist Church in Anna has been called off due to this week's winter storm, but that didn't stop Deacon Marshall Burns from showing up Saturday.
"The last couple of years they payed for it, and this year I told them I'd help them do it," Burns says.
He has been helping plow the church off and on since the early 1980's.
"It's my church and I think a lot of this church," exclaims Burns.
He uses his own equipment and doesn't charge a penny. But like Burns, other people in Anna have the same giving spirit. Despite the cold temperatures, plenty of neighbors were out clearing snow piles in front of homes and businesses as well.
"You have an opportunity to help others because you know they don't have the capability to do what they need to do to get around again," says Ann resident Maurice Taylor.
Taylor started the day clearing out the family-owned nutrition store. He say's this type of work can be very exhausting, but if people need the help, he doesn't think twice.
"We have some really cold weather coming, so that's the only process that goes into it. I have the capability. I can get there and I just help," says Taylor.
Taylor's sister-in-law, Noelle Daville, admits she wasn't properly prepared for the snow and ice. So when Taylor showed up with his Bobcat and shovel, she was grateful.
"He'll help anybody. It doesn't matter if it's strangers. He won't know them from anywhere, but always willing to help," says Daville.
Taylor says he has a few more stops to make, but for the ones he can't get to, Daville believes the town is filled with many others just like him willing to help.
"They just come together and just help, and there's no strings attached. It's just pure love and just wanting to help people," says Daville.
Both Taylor and Burns say they're just glad they have the means to help and will continue to do so as long as there's a need.
Wind: 12 MPH
Humidity: 66 %