BY SHERI TRUSTY
What happens when a town filled with kindhearted First Responders and generous business owners gets pummeled with snow? Kids get free hot chocolate!
When Port Clinton Mayor Mike Snider drove by Taft Hill on Jan. 19 and noticed a group of kids sledding and snowboarding, it stirred a memory from his childhood. As he watched kids play on the snowy hill, he recalled the day he was sledding on Taft Hill when the local fire department showed up to hand out free hot chocolate. Snider made a few phone calls, and by 2 p.m., members of Port Clinton Fire and Rescue and Port Clinton Police Department arrived with free hot chocolate to help warm the sledders. By then, the hill was filled with dozens of kids who had the day off of school.
The hot chocolate was donated by the FriendShip Food Store on Perry St. and by Coffee Express.
“This was a spur-of-the-moment thing. I drove by, saw the kids, and called the fire department,” Snider said. “I remember the fire department doing this when I was a kid.”