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When the weather tested Texans' mettle, they responded with hospitality

February 18, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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People across the state who've been snowed in and iced out in their homes have shared stories of kindness and aid from neighbors they hardly knew and friends they didn't expect so much from.

People across the state who've been stuck at home have shared stories of kindness from neighbors they hardly knew and friends they didn't expect so much from.

Rambo-Hernandez, an assistant professor of data analysis at Texas A&M University, said it was difficult to get connected to the community (Covid-19 made neighborly get-togethers nearly impossible).

Rambo-Hernandez's home has been without power for most of the week, and her water was cut off Wednesday.

But the outage helped connect her, after months of isolation, to other mothers in her neighborhood -- she joined them in a group text chain where they let each other know who's safe, who's out of power and who's checked on their other neighbors.

A neighbor two houses down knew they were freezing and offered to hook them up to his generator so the Siner family could use a few heaters in their home.

Alicia Barr hadn't ever spoken to her neighbor before this week, though they'd seen each other in their driveways when they needed to warm up in their cars or charge their phones.

He's floored, he said, by the kindness Everett and her neighbors showed him, especially during a time like this, when food and heat are scarce.

"It is so amazing to know that even in times of need -- and knowing the grocery stores are closed -- people would still open their homes and offer their food," he said.

Both Crawford Davis and Johnston created Facebook groups designed to keep residents of their communities safe and informed during the pandemic.

And now, this week, the groups have gotten busy again, transforming into a venue for residents to ask their neighbors for help.

She created the group initially to provide aid to neighbors during the pandemic, and she and her two friends would deliver boxes of food to residents of Palestine and other parts of Anderson County.

One woman even got stuck in her driveway on the way to help another neighbor, Crawford Davis said, but she didn't let that stop her -- her husband carved out a path so she could continue on her way.

And Crawford Davis and Johnston have no plans to stop helping their neighbors in their Facebook groups.

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