Nameless heroes brave the icy weather
SAN ANTONIO - First responders aren't the only ones braving the icy roads. Some people can't take a snow day. They are our Good Samaritans, helping the homebound.
It's a labor of love for Patty Newton; a home care provider for six years. And for 87-year-old Vera Kindred, Newton is a life-line, and even more critical when the temperatures dip.
“I really didn't expect her because of the weather,” explained Kindred. “I heard the reports, and I didn't want her to hurt herself to come to me.”
“If I'm not there, who's going to provide that warm meal? That cup of coffee? Make sure her meds are taken care of? Make sure the temperature is right for her? I just wanted to make sure that San Antonio knew that not just me, but so many others are out there helping to take care of our families,” said Newton.
Newton credits the hidden heroes - the everyday workers - who are essential, especially at a time when the city and county shut down some of their non-essential functions.
Newton is even quick to give a shout-out to the city's VIA bus driver who picked her up, “I know he was out there at three o'clock in the morning, and if it hadn't been for him, I couldn't get to work.”
It's estimated there are some 300,000 seniors in Bexar County over the age of 60 with nearly half of them suffering a disability. Financial strains and pride keep many from enjoying the golden years, but Kindred says Newton's support breathes life into her world.
"She's been there all the way, and I can say, 'THANK you, Lord. Thank you for putting us together.’”
Newton is making picadillo for tonight's meal. She's making enough to share with a trio of Ms. Kindred's elderly neighbors. Although it's not ‘officially’ a part of her job, Newton checks on them and feeds them too.
“I'm going to make some homemade tortillas, and we're gonna share tacos.”
because... it's just what you do.
"It's very satisfying,” explains Newton.