Red Cross, community assists stranded drivers
by Elsie Hodnett
Jan 30, 2014 | 708 views |  0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The community came together to assist people trapped when snow began accumulating in east central Alabama Tuesday.

“We had shelters open at the Pell City Civic Center and Eden Westside Baptist Church,” said Peggy Mann, American Red Cross community chapter executive for St. Clair and Talladega counties. “We also had warming stations open in Moody and Steele.”

Mann said Thursday that all shelters and warming stations were closed, and officials do not anticipate reopening them in the next few days.

“At one point, we had 71 people at the Pell City Civic Center,” she said. “There were many people who got off Interstate 20 and were stuck at Walmart, and were then transported to the Pell City Civic Center. Walmart, Publix, Bojangles’, the Emergency Management Agencies, Pell City Civic Center staff and the community all assisted us. We had some great volunteers who came in and helped in the shelters—cooking food and taking care of clients’ needs. We are very grateful for all our volunteers and encourage others to contact us to volunteer and be trained and ready when something like this happens again.”

Mann said the Red Cross also assisted with a fire which happened Tuesday afternoon.

“We made sure the family was in a safe shelter until they could meet with us today when the roads thawed out,” she said. “We were able to provide them with food, clothing, shoes and comfort care items.”

Mann said more information is available at 256-362-2061 or 205-884-1221 or

“Appreciate all the support—financial or volunteer or whatever it takes to keep an organization like this running,” she said.

Contact Elsie Hodnett at