The inexcusable 1-95 mass traffic jam in Northern Virginia this week produced at least one Ethics Hero, and it sure wasn’t Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam.
Casey Holihan and her husband John Noe, stranded on Interstate 95 along with countless other Virginia motorists, had an inspiration at around hour 16 hours when they spotted a Schmidt Baking Company truck ahead of themon the morning of January 3. The couple were very hungry, for it had been approximately 37 hours since they had any food. So they decided to call Schmidt Baking Company in Baltimore to make a plea for charity and kindness, and to ask if the company would share its bread with the marooned and starving. People had been trapped on I-95 for close to 24 hours, and the couple could hear children crying in other cars. Noe reached the customer service line for the bakery and left their phone number with a representative along with their tale of woe (Fortunately, this was not CVS.)
Chuck Paterakis, one of the owners of H&S Bakery which operates Schmidt Baking Company, called the couple back himself. He told them to go to the truck, and instructed the driver to give a package of rolls and one loaf of bread to anyone in the jam who asked.
Paterakis said later that if he had been stuck out there on the road with no food, he would would want someone to hand out some bread. He knows the Golden Rule!
The truck driver, Ron Hill (that’s him, and the truck, above), Holihan and Noe started distributing bread to the other stranded vehicles, and others joined in the effort. It took about an hour to hand out about 300 packages of bread in the sub-freezing weather.
Holihan and Noe had picked the right bakery truck: since the start of the pandemic pandemic the company has donated close to 3 million loaves of bread to people in need in the Baltimore-Washington area.
Source: Washington Post