(WJZ) – A nightmare road trip saved by a truck full of cupcakes.
Casey Holihan, the driver who got stuck on I-95, said: “I think it was probably 15 or 16 hours before we realized we might have broken down.
What was supposed to be a 5-hour road trip from Ellicott City to North Carolina for Holihan and her husband, John Noe, ended up lasting more than 30 hours due to a massive blizzard that froze them in place along I- 95.
“We were worried, frustrated and starving,” Holihan said.
Noe will soon be stationed in Germany with the Air Force, that’s why they decided to do it.
Holihan said: “This was our last chance to say goodbye to his family, so we hit the road thinking the main roads would be clear.
After being stranded for nearly a day without access to food or water, Holihan saw a glimmer of hope with several vehicles ahead of them, a van belonging to the Schmidt Baking Company.
Holihan said: “We joked that it would be nice to just have a loaf of bread right then because we haven’t eaten in about 37 hours.
That’s when she decided to call the company’s customer service hotline, only to get a response from one of the owners, Chuck Paterakis, minutes later.
“I intend to call Schmidt’s baking company and speak to a customer service agent who, I guess, has put me in touch with the right people,” Holihan said.
“I said, you know what we can do with Casey, just go see the driver,” said Paterakis, Vice President of Transportation & Logistics at H&S Family of Bakeries. “I told the driver for 2 or 3 loaves of bread per person.”
Schmidt Baking Company is part of the H&S Family of Bakeries, which has been in the Baltimore community for nearly 90 years, and is headquartered in Fells Point.
“It’s built on the core of our family, which is a family business and my dad and mom told us when we were young, that it’s not about the business, it’s about the business. the employees work for you and it’s about the community,” says Paterakis.
Paterakis said it was the easiest decision he made.
“One of our mission statements is to make a meaningful change in our community, and I think this is an example of how we live that,” he said.
Within minutes, truck driver Ron Hill, the couple, and a handful of volunteers were handing out loaves of bread to as many hungry travelers as possible along the two-mile stretch of the frozen highway.
“The drivers Ron, Casey, John, her husband, they are real heroes, we just happen to have product for them to distribute,” said Paterakis.
“Everybody was so thankful, many of them with young children, elderly couples, so definitely those who were struggling and the food was definitely a great addition,” says Noe.
Holihan said they gave out nearly 600 loaves of bread and the generous act of kindness she will remember forever.
“It was the best loaf of bread I’ve ever eaten in my entire life,” Holihan said.
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