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The story of Roy

January 2, 2015 - Chuck Hunt
“We’ll share a cup of kindness, then...”. Several Blue Earth residents have been sharing a cup of kindness – as well as some hot food, electricity and transportation with a man stranded in the city over the holidays. Roy (no last name, please) was driving his 1977 motor home from northern Minnesota to Pueblo, Colo., when it broke down at the Blue Earth rest stop on I-90 on Christmas Eve. There was a problem with the electrical system and it wouldn’t run; even the headlights would not work. On Christmas Day he had to have it towed out of the rest stop and he wound up in the closed-for-the-season campground at the Faribault County Fairgrounds. “I guess they didn’t know where else to tow it,” Roy said. “Everything was closed.” He stayed warm by running his LP gas stove because the furnace in the motor home needed electricity and there wasn’t any available. On Saturday, Dec. 27, Roy hiked over to Walmart to get some supplies. On the way back to his RV, he slipped on the ice and fell. You see, Roy has a disease in his legs, wears braces on them, and does not have much feeling in his feet. A Blue Earth couple, driving by, saw him, stopped and gave him some assistance. They drove him to his motor home. After that, they brought him some food and also posted a message on Facebook about Roy and his dilemna. Other folks brought him some food. Another got hold of the mayor, who sent the police to the campground to turn on the electricity for him so he could run a heater. Then on Sunday morning, two Blue Earth men took him out for breakfast. Finally on Monday morning he was able to get his motor home into Hanson Auto in Blue Earth for repairs. The electrical system in the 1977 Dodge motor home was shot and much of it had to be replaced. By Monday afternoon it was ready to go, and Roy took off west down I-90, headed towards Jackson for the night. From there it was off to Pueblo, where he will stay with a friend for a while. After that, he hopes to drive down to Arizona. He needs to escape the cold, he explains, because his legs can’t handle the freezing weather. We wish him Godspeed.


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