Volunteers provide meals for Dallas Fort Worth storm victims

Families continue to grapple with the inconvenience of days without heat, electricity and water. Volunteers organize to help needy neighbors.

DALLAS – The inconvenience of winter storms and power outages in North Texas has left many residents frustrated, concerned and in many cases helpless.

“All hell broke loose here,” said Anthony Barron as he stood in front of his home in South Dallas.

Volunteers came and delivered boxes of food, boxes of water, blankets, and other items to Barron and his neighbors.

As the snow began to melt, neighbors who experienced days without heat, power, or water outages sought relief.

“On Wednesday morning I thought I had to go to the hospital because the stress was so high,” said Barron.

The neighbors of this complex described the four and a half days of riding without electricity as frustrating.

“I had to go somewhere, man, just to get hold of myself,” said Barron.

The fears and worries of the past week hit people hard.

“That was pretty difficult,” said Jennifer Cortez.

Neighbors from across Dallas-Fort Worth answered the calls for help.

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“We realize that we are not alone. And that we are a family,” said Cortez.

Cortez and her friends organized efforts to recruit volunteers. Below them, local chefs and food service workers gathered to make sure people had hot meals and some comfort.

“We made about 50 meals on Tuesday and more chefs showed up yesterday and we fed nearly 300 people,” said Cortez.

Groups like Harvest Project Food Rescue, Project La Familiar and several others have volunteered.

The Warren United Methodist Church in South Dallas offered their cooks their kitchen. The church’s gym was converted into a warmth center where people could rest and charge equipment.

“The best we’ve been able to do so far is open up our room,” said Rev. Joshua Manning of Warren UMC.

Even with the storm and outages behind us, the neighbors realize that the inconvenience of everything can be felt for weeks.

“I want people to know you are not alone,” said Cortez. “There are many people in Dallas who have good hearts. We are all neighbors and we are all family members.”

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