East Texas nonprofit continues 7-year project of providing commuters cold water

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Published: Jul. 23, 2021 at 6:05 PM CDT
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - An East Texas nonprofit called the Worthy Ones has been supplying public transit travelers with water for the past seven years.

The nonprofit has been filling up coolers with cold water bottles at bus stations for anyone to take. The idea came about from the nonprofit’s executive director Nora Schreiber who saw how exhausted some of her coworkers were when they had to wait in the sun for the bus with either no water or only hot water to drink.

“I kept seeing them in that state, and I said there has got to be something somebody can do, and then it just clicked one day and I said we can just put coolers out and give people cold water,” said Schreiber.

Right now, they have only five coolers at five different stops, so they can maintain the sanitation of the coolers, but before the COVID-19 pandemic, they had up to 25 different coolers. All are free of charge and available for anyone in need. They say they have gotten nothing but positive feedback from bus riders.

“They are so grateful, which makes us feel really good, to meet new neighbors and to give them a service that helps their day. It is just a wonderful thing,” said Schreiber.

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