BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – The biggest concern over the past two days has been driving on the icy roads in southeastern, North Carolina. But some of the people who are most at risk are the senior citizens who are stuck at home.
More than 100 seniors in Brunswick County rely on services provided by Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. But due to the winter weather and the slick roads, "Meals on Wheels" services were put on hold after Monday. One Leland couple was surprised and relieved when they got a surprise visit on Thursday.
After 62 years together, Myrtle and Edward Grisetti know the secret to a happy marriage.
"Just say, 'Yes Dear,'" said Myrtle, with a laugh.
The couple moved to Brunswick County nearly 50 years ago, in search of greener pastures. Needless to say, they weren't expecting snowy weather in the southeast.
Over the years, a slew of medical problems have made life harder. Edward has survived several heart attacks, three back operations, two hip replacements, and now he's battling with an early onset of bladder cancer. Meanwhile, Myrtle is legally blind.
"If I can't lift, he lifts for me. If I can't see, he sees for me," said Myrtle. "And he can't hear, so I hear for him. We help each other out."
Now, at 80 years old, just making a warm meal is a difficult task.
"I can't read recipes and I can't cook like I used to," said Myrtle.
A blanket of ice and snow on area roads halted the "Meals on Wheels" service in Brunswick County for the past two days. The Grisetti family has only been eating cold sandwiches and soup, until a surprise visit on Thursday from BSRI.
BSRI Director, Jim Fish battled the slippery road conditions and made several emergency deliveries with enough food to help get folks through the weekend until the ice melts and hopefully things get back to normal. It was dangerous to be on the roads, but Fish says it's worth it to make the community connections.
"Meals on Wheels is more than just delivering food," said Fish. "It's really about checking in on the family, making sure they're ok, making sure that their needs are met and if they need assistance, we're there to help them."
There's no doubt that Myrtle and Edward Grisetti were appreciative, because they now have enough warm meals to last them until Sunday.
"It was a big surprise," said Myrtle. "It makes me feel like somebody cares to go out in this weather."
Organizers hope that "Meals on Wheels" and other BSRI services will be back to operating on a normal schedule by Monday. BSRI has already announced they will be closed on Friday, January 31. However, Fish says they will make deliveries and check in on seniors by request.
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