Grace College, with assistance from members of the Winona Lake, Ind., Grace Brethren Church (Bruce Barlow, pastor), hosted members of Goshen (Ind.) High School’s winter guard after they were stranded in the area on Saturday during a blizzard. The group spent the night at the college’s Gordon Rec Center before heading home Sunday morning. A portion of a story from the Goshen News appears below. Click here to read the complete article.
Grace College gives Goshen winter guard shelter from storm
WINONA LAKE — A network of kindness allowed members of Goshen High School’s winter guard to have a warm place to stay during Saturday’s blizzard.
En route to a competition in Anderson, a school bus carrying about 50 winter guard members and parents came to a dead stop on I-69 due to a 20-plus vehicle pileup.
One of those vehicles included a Lakeland school bus headed to the same competition. There were no reports of serious injuries from that wreck.
Takesha Stoll, Goshen’s winter guard director, talked to Goshen band director Tom Cox who was in Anderson at the time.
“We decided to have them turn around and go home so they were still traveling when it was light out,” Cox said.
So the bus, a trailer being carried by a trailer driver, his wife and son, along with another vehicle of winter guard staff headed back north.
By the time the caravan reached Silver Lake in southern Kosciusko County they were stopped by a police officer who said they wouldn’t be allowed to travel past Warsaw. …
At that point, Glenn Goldsmith, assistant director of campus safety at Grace College, was contacted.
He got in touch with an officer from the Winona Lake Police Department. The officer arranged a police escort from the Wal-Mart to Grace College’s Gordon Rec Center.
“They thought the roads would be clear by about 10 p.m.,” Goldsmith said. “At around 8 p.m. we realized that wasn’t going to happen. So at that point the Red Cross was called. They brought cots and blankets for everyone.”
Goldsmith’s wife and other volunteers from Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church prepared snacks for everyone Saturday night as well as breakfast Sunday morning.
Around 9:30 a.m. Sunday, the caravan was given the go ahead to head back home.
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