When the storm hit on June 29, no one was prepared. We relied on our friends and neighbors for help. One of our best friends during this time was Witschey's. They stayed open as long as they could, but once the generator gave out, they were forced to close. Even that didn't stop Witschey's employees from helping though.
On Sunday when the battery on my husband's hospital bed stopped working, I went to Witschey's. Even though the store was dark, there stood Rose and Diane out front offering help. When I explained what I needed, Diane went into the store and found the rare battery that hadn't been sold. Then, they said if I needed ice to go to the back of the store, and I could get some. They handed it out, not taking any money, just saying the next time you are in the store, pay for it. What a neighbor.
Most people that were in the store on Friday and Saturday had to wait for buggies, because if you were there, you knew the store was packed. I heard a lot of people saying, "Boy, Bill sure is raking it in; this storm is great for business." No one thought about the over-time pay, the food given away, and once the refrigeration reaches a certain point, they were done. They filled up three dumpsters full of food. Think about the deli food, bakery items, and frozen foods in the freezers. So I know how hard a hit Bill took from both of his stores.
Let me tell you, Wayne knows how to push a mop. People were grabbing ice and shopping, and with the heat and melting ice, the floors got wet, even with the employees trying to keep up with the mess. So I want to say a big thanks to Bill Witschey and gang, for as far as I am concerned, they showed what it is to be a true neighbor and should be rewarded for it.