Micah Summers, an associate at the Edwardsville injury law offices of Walton Telken & Foster, provides warm drinks for volunteers at the sandbagging operation in downtown Alton.
The Edwardsville injury law offices of Walton Telken & Foster were high and dry from flooding in the region, but the firm decided to pitch in by providing hot chocolate and coffee to the many volunteers in downtown Alton on Wednesday morning.
“We have many friends, clients and vendors in the Alton area so pitching in was the least we could do,” said Troy Walton, managing partner of the firm. “These volunteers and workers have put in so many hours, their selflessness to help these downtown Alton businesses is amazing.”
The firm loaded up a vehicle with dozens of containers of coffee, hot chocolate, cups, lids, sugar and cream from Panera Bread, in Alton.
“All the teens went for the hot chocolate. The older volunteers and workers went for the coffee,” said Micah Summers, an associate at the firm.
“To see all these students from Marquette, Alton High and Civic Memorial — many with their parents and siblings, teachers and coaches — it’s just awesome how everyone supports their community,” Summers said. “From the equipment to the Public Works staff, Fire Department, Police Department, Ameren Illinois, the water company and then to the volunteers, this is an impressive logistical operation.
“Alton has flood fighting down to a science,” Summers said. “We wanted to help any way we could without getting in the way. Everyone was appreciative on this cold day.”