National media focus on bakery for snowstorm donation

BALTIMORE – Donating a number of hundred loaves of bread to stranded motorists on an icy interstate freeway on Jan. 4 introduced nationwide media awareness to H&S Bakery. Chuck Paterakis, a principal operator and senior vice president of transportation and logistics for the Baltimore-based enterprise, said he was interviewed above 30 moments, including media stores this sort of as NBC Nightly News, CNN and Fox & Buddies.

Heroes of the snowstorm tale ended up the bakery, a veteran truck driver and a younger married few in their early 20s.

Visitors backed up on Interstate 95 in Virginia the evening of Jan. 3 since of a snowstorm — The Baltimore Solar noted the line of automobiles stretched for 48 miles as 12 inches of snow finally covered the land. The scenario remained that way the morning of Jan. 4. Casey Holihan and her husband, John Noe, two of the stranded motorists, were driving to Newport, NC. They preferred to see Mr. Noe’s family members ahead of Mr. Noe, who is in the navy, left for Germany for a 4-yr stint.

 The few experienced not eaten in hours.

“On Tuesday morning (Jan. 4) they woke up with no hope,” Mr. Paterakis stated.

Then the few noticed a truck owned by Schmidt Baking Co., which is owned by H&S Bakery. Ms. Holihan said her partner joked about how wonderful it would be to consume a loaf of bread.

“On a whim I gave them a contact,” she said.

She known as client provider for Schmidt Baking Co. and questioned if the stranded motorists could have some bread from the truck. The purchaser support supervisor contacted Mr. Paterakis, who did not hesitate in approving the ask for. He stated it in shape with the company’s mission statement of creating a meaningful modify in the neighborhood.

Chuck Paterakis, a principal owner and senior vice president of transportation and logistics for H&S Bakery

“In the household business you don’t have to sit there and question 100 persons or compose a letter or go through a whole lot of purple tape,” he explained. “When my family members, my brothers and sisters see a thing that is desired, primarily for charity, we do the correct issue on the place. That manufactured a enormous big difference in me calling again Casey in 20 minutes rather of me contacting her back six several hours afterwards.”

He had Ms. Holihan, phone in hand, approach the truck and knock on the doorway.

Ron Hill, proprietor-operator of the truck, has carried Schmidt Baking Co. merchandise for 14 many years. He anticipated to drop off his load of 8,000 models of bread rolls in Norfolk, Va., on the afternoon of Jan. 3 and be dwelling to consume evening meal that evening. As an alternative, he finished up in barely going site visitors. Then his truck did not go an inch from 8:30 p.m. Jan. 3 right until 2 p.m. Jan. 4. Mr. Hill mentioned he was crying and praying when Ms. Holihan knocked on the truck’s doorway.

“I’m a prayer warrior, and that was a prayer when she came,” he reported.

Mr. Hill listened above the cellphone as Mr. Paterakis instructed him to open the back again door of the truck and hand out the bread.

“He told me to be cautious when I was handing the bread out,” Mr. Hill claimed of Mr. Paterakis. “He stated, ‘Be careful and don’t let them bum-hurry you.’”

The breaking of the bread went peacefully. The married pair and other volunteers walked together the highway handing out loaves of bread to the motorists in their cars. Ms. Holihan and Mr. Noe finished up staying stranded for about 21 several hours, but at the very least they experienced one thing to consume: a loaf of Old Tyme potato rolls and a loaf of Old Tyme wheat bread.

“Those potato rolls had been unbelievable,” Ms. Holihan mentioned.

Mr. Hill manufactured it property the morning of Jan. 5.

Mr. Paterakis reported H&S Bakery about the past two decades has donated 2.5 million loaves of bread considering the fact that COVID-19 begun.

“All through that time we didn’t get any visibility in contrast to what occurred the other working day,” he stated.

Ms. Holihan performed a role. Following she set pictures on Fb, the function went viral. Mr. Paterakis mentioned the publicity from the tale uplifted the spirits of his household, workers of H&S Bakery as nicely as prospects and suppliers of the baking organization.

“People from overseas are calling us and texting us and sending e-mail, telling us how terrific this story is,” Mr. Paterakis explained. “The bakery was element of the tale. It was much more Casey and John. They’re the heroes. They’re the kinds who imagined of this concept.”

Christopher Lewis

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