80 year old flood victim reads to displaced children


FORT SMITH, Ark. (KNWA)–People across the River Valley are in recovery mode as the water lowers, and they begin to assess the damage left behind.

Some homeowners put furniture back in their houses Tuesday morning, and cleaned off the mud the water left behind. 

But not everyone has a home to go back to.

That’s how KNWA met Maureen Didion, called “Mo” by friends.

Mo is an 80-year-old woman whose house is underwater.

But, she’s not letting that stop her from helping others.

After 50 years volunteering with the Red Cross, she comes to Evangel Temple in Fort Smith every day to read books and play games with the children.

She’s currently pursuing her fourth degree at U of A Fort Smith.

Why? She has a love for learning and hopes to share it with the kids at the shelter. 

But, it’s also about compassion.

“It’s important to me because I’ve been in some of these situations where these people are now and this is my way of giving back,” she said. 

It’s not just the kids she comes to help, she’s there to lend an ear to adults who just lost everything and need to talk.

Looking forward, she encourages all people, no matter their age, to let those in this community know they are cared for. 

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