“Old Man Winter” has hit people like Bellmead residents Alta Washington and her husband Gilbert hard this week.
"It was getting cool and later on I looked around and said to Gilbert, ‘We don't have no heat in here,’” Washington said.
She ran out of propane in her hone Monday night. Tuesday, she almost ran out of options until Meals on Wheels came to the rescue. "Out in the country we don't have the facilities and things like you have in town. Gas out here is very expensive," said Washington.
Van Jones with Meals on Wheels brought over two new space heaters to help the couple until they get help with their propane tank. The organization will also assist them in navigating the phonebook until they can get help. It’s something Jones says elderly people can struggle with especially when they are freezing.
"My body won't take it,” Washington said. “Like now my feet feel like they don't want to move. It's just here (pointing at her neck) on down."
Now that Washington is warm, she can think a bit more clearly as she tries to heat the home she and her husband have lived in since they were married in the 1970’s. “I feel much better when I saw that (the heater) inside. I said ‘Thank you God you haven't forgotten me.’"
Washington says it’s the coldest winter she can remember in Central Texas and she knows there are others out there just like her who need help. "As an elderly person you can die behind this weather," she said.