Just before 10 p.m. on a frigid January night in Braddock, Pennsylvania, the wind whipped through the trees as residents started to feel their lips turn blue. The temperature had dropped below zero degrees, and Helen McCombs’ fingers started to crackle as she braced for an unbearable winter night.
As she looked down at her phone, she saw a text from the newly sworn-in second lady of Pennsylvania, Gisele Fetterman.
“Is the house warm enough?” she asked.
When McCombs responded, her living room was below zero degrees. Fetterman and her husband immediately made their way to McCombs’ house to deliver a portable heater for the living room.
Fetterman was introduced to McCombs when she founded the Free Store 15104, a nonprofit organization that promotes sustainability, and has dedicated her life to helping others.
Growing up in poverty, Fetterman said her modest upbringing shaped her to raise the emotions of