When Tracey Hemond was told the workers restoring power from last weekend's ice storm may go without food on Christmas, she did not hesitate to head to the grocery store, and then back to her kitchen to cook.
"I got a phone call around 11 o'clock yesterday morning from a VEC worker saying that there was no place for all the linemen and tree trimmers to go have Christmas dinner," Hemond said.
Hemond's husband is one of the line workers out in the cold working to get folks in the area back in the warm. He was injured on the job seven years ago, and the Vermont Electric Co-op was there in his time of need. Tracey Hemond is more than happy to return the favor.
"Breakfast yesterday morning, and made lunches. Then I guess we started cooking around noon for Christmas dinner," she said.
Mike and Tracey not only prepared these meals for the line workers, but they paid for it out of their own pocket-- close to $3,000, and that doesn't include a possible meal for Thursday night.
"If they're still working then yes, we'll be having dinner tonight," Tracey Hemond said.
For lunch on Boxing Day, she got more than 31 pounds of cold cuts to feed close to 100 mouths.
"Very generous to open their house, especially during Christmastime, to allow us to enter their house and put on a meal for everyone. They've been very generous. They're great people," said Vic Carter of VEC.
The line workers from both in and out of state are working 18 hour days to get power restored.
"For us, it feels good because we had so much help seven years ago. So, it feels good to give back," Tracey Hemond explained.
Giving back to those pitching in to restore power.
Hemond prepared 140 bagged lunches, including a sandwich, chips and a cookie, in less than two hours with help from family and friends.
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