Adam, a member of our Souvia family stocked up on tea before heading off to what was supposed to be a surprise visit to Wisconsin where he wanted to spend the holidays with his family. When we saw him at the store again after he had returned, he told us about his adventurous journey and how he and Souvia tea kept many stranded holiday travelers warm. His story shows how a small gesture can go a long way, and therefore I wanted to share it with all of you! It is truly a Christmas story:
“December 22 I headed on the road to Minnesota to surprise my family for Christmas. Within 30 minutes north of Fountain hills, I hit snow. When I got to Grant, New Mexico, , NM before the roads closedownâ€¦ALL theÂ rced closed by the state! There was no way
outâ€¦all we could do is wait out the storm. At our exit, there was a trucker stop with a small Â restaurant and gas station. There was 3 persons managing the restaurant and one Â the gas station. Organizing 1,000 stranded travelers was not their cup of tea.
Â The called the cops, and eventually around midnight the local police organized Â with the red cross to set up 3 shelters for everyone to spend the night. We Â were told the roads wonâ€™t open up till 7am.
We get to my shelter (a church cafeteria)â€¦as you can see, it Â is FULL. People are laying down in the hallway, under the stairs, and even 2
men camped out in the bathroom (it was warmer in there). The gentleman in the Â white vest and red shirt was the ONLY red cross worker at our shelter, and Â there was one gentleman who was a member of the church trying to organize Â everyone, plus attempt to answer millions of questions. They had hot coffee, Â hot water, and FROZEN bottles of water that they were quickly trying to thaw in Â the kitchen sink.
Right away I noticed 2 Hispanic families, 12 folks, standing Â to the side looking confused and lost on what to do. I guess no one was able or
maybe willing to speak Spanish to them in order to give them a heads up one what was going on. I started chatting with them, got their info for the red Â cross and got them 4 cots to sleep on. One of the little girls asked if sheÂ could have some water; and unfortunately all the water is frozen, or hot. So Â then I asked her if she would like some tea that tastes like apple cider. I ran Â to my car, grabbed my collection of Souvia teas and brewed her a cup of harvest Â moon. I then brewed 8 more cups for the family.
While brewing the cups, several other travelers were staring Â at me. Eventually I yelled out, â€œWould anyone else like a cup of hot tea?â€ A
Â line started to form up and I made about 40 more cups of tea. In the middle of Â a brew, I ran to my car to grab a pumpkin pie, apple pie, and coffee cake that Â I was saving for my family in MN. I brought it in and cut them up into small Â pieces for everyone to snack on.
Sometime during this time, the red cross volunteer stood up Â on a table and asked for everyoneâ€™s attention. A family had run out of formula
for their baby, and he was asking if anyone else in the room had formula Â available, two people said yes, and went to their car to grab it. Then he mentioned, â€œthis young gentleman back in the kitchen is brewing hot tea for everyone, and he has brought in pies and goodies from his car if anyone needs Â that midnight snack.â€ About 10 people stood, and didnâ€™t come to the kitchen, Â but left the building. The soon came back from their cars with more snacks, Â chips, cookies, and non-frozen bottles of water! We had a nice little selection Â of a feast for everyone, and I continued to make more teas.
The best part of the whole experience was hearing the Â stories of the other stranded people. I personally was 20ish hours away from
Â Minnesota, but would still make it in time for Christmas. Some were just trying to get to Albuquerque, just 40 minutes away. Other travelers were headed to Â Alabama, Mississippi and other southern states, where they would not make it Â for Christmas. It pulled at our hearts, that they would be spending the holiday Â on the road because of the delays caused by the storm. We were all very happy Â to at least spread a little spirit and joy by providing the comfort of some Â good snacks and a great hot cup ofÂ (SOUVIA) tea.