Would you let strangers into your home who were stranded in a snowstorm?

United States
January 2, 2007 7:16pm CST
Some of you folks might know that New Mexico is trying to dig out of a snowstorm which hit this past Friday. I live in Albuquerque and got fifteen inches. This is all very new to me about snow and its affects. I just read about a couple who live in Clayton who invited 44 strangers into their home to ride out the storm. This couple only had a three bedroom home but they made room for everybody and had no problems at all.Clayton is a more rural area than where I am and the snow was pretty deep over there and the roads where closed. Would you invite strangers into your home during a snowstorm?
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
5 Jan 07
I want to be honest, if I am at home just by myself, I may, may not....plus, I am in big city...it makes big difference..
2 people like this
3 Jan 07
I think i would. You just have to put yourself in their place and in the grand scheme of things most people are good people. Thats what i like to think anyway. Maybe 44 is a bit too many? I would probably not invite that many because i would like to keep an eye on everyone. Here in the UK snow storms aren't that big a problem though.
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@maumbi (2571)
• Indonesia
3 Jan 07
well greetings, first in my country never see a snow only storm, but if u ask me would oyu invite strangers in my house during a storm. yes why not, my home alwys open to peopl who need help and i love it, coz since i child i saw my parents alwys help people without any rule.
@vikceo (1301)
• India
5 Jan 07
yes of course. i believe in helping people even if they are strangers when they are in need of me. and when it is really crucial to help them
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@morfessa1 (190)
• Australia
5 Jan 07
I have to say that because of my past experiances of helping people out by letting them into my home I wouldn't do it. I know that it seems heartless but I have had too many people rip me off by trying to help them out. I work hard to get where I am and won't any longer jeapordise this for anyone. Yes, I feel that this may be a selfish outlook too but there have been too many circumstances that make me not want to help others out in this way. I would help them find somewhere else though.I would even help them with some food but not money. I would not however let them into my home.
• United States
5 Jan 07
I live in Minnesota. Snow is usually present. I think this state has learned to deal with the snow. I have never had to invite strangers in because of it. I am a very nice person but I also have people I love to protect. I would be very cautious in doing this. But if the right situation arose, you could make a friend or two out of the deal.
@shywolf (4520)
• United States
5 Jan 07
I would certainly wish to try! How awful it would be to leave people stranded with no shelter in such conditions! They wouldn't be able to survive, most likely. I couldn't bear that thought. I would have to at least attempt to give them somewhere to stay, even if I hadn't much room in my home. I think that it is wonderful that this person was so kind-hearted to let 44 people stay in their home even though it sounds like they didn't have an extreme amount of room for them. Although a three-bedroom house is by no means tiny, forty-four people is a huge amount of people to have staying anywhere at one time, outside of a hotel! *laugh* Wow. Thanks for sharing this news story with us! ^_^
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@gabs8513 (48712)
• United Kingdom
23 Jan 07
Well I suppose I would under them Circumstances but I would be a bit weary as that is the type of Person I am Then again if it where that many People then I would not be so weary as I don't think anyone would try anything bad with that many People about
• United States
23 Jan 07
True, with that many people around, if someone tried to start any trouble, he would be tossed out the front door and back into the snowstorm.
@villageanne (8554)
• United States
21 Jan 07
This has acturally happened in our hometown. Yes, we had strangers in our home for 9 days. The power was out over the majority of the state and we heat and cook with coal so we had heat and plenty of food. We always have enough oil lanterns for every room. I cooked for the Office of emergency services because they had the national guard staying in bunks to help wiht the flooding. I cooked for several other families and we had a house full of people staying here. We have 2 extra bedrooms and many sleeping bags. We have a fouton in the living room so it was comfortable for everyone. I would have let more stay if they had needed to . I would have given up my bed.
• United States
23 Jan 07
Those people will remember your kindness forever.
• Janesville, Wisconsin
19 Jan 07
Yes, I would and I have. My family has. One Day years ago it was a big blizzard windy. One Vehicle skidded off the road, Then another, Then another. Next we know we had 7 families all sitting in our living room, as we let everyone take turns trying to call people for a ride. It was neat we all sat in the room and watched TV, and then us children all sang and danced for them.. I was young and Prince and the Revolution was the hit at the time, so that was unbelievable to these strangers.. as I sang that to them... It was not to long before sunrise, when people finally were able to leave with their rides, and one by one their cars were towed... It was interesting.. Just let them sit in one of two rooms and keep the phone nearby, Grab extra blankets and everyone watch a movie or listen to music while waiting. - DNatureofDTrain
• United States
20 Jan 07
I am sure that your family's kindness during this weather event will be remembered. Sounds like you guys made the best out of a wintery situation. Thank you for sharing.
@sweetlady10 (3617)
• United States
29 Jan 07
Definitely, in such a situation I would like to help anybody. Kudos to that couple who gave shelter to 44 strangers.
• India
24 Jan 07
as a part of humanity i may allow