Southington resident Claire Tardif and her family were one of the lucky ones to not lose power Tuesday from Hurricane Isaias, as approximately half of all Connecticut residents spent the night without electricity.
With extra space in their house, the Tardifs were able to host Claire’s friends Summer Trovato and Natalee Grindle for the night as both of their homes lost power. With power still out when they woke up Wednesday, the girls decided to share the newly scarce electricity with the community. They set up a phone charging station in the Tardif’s front lawn for anyone without other means of charging their phone.
“When you’re their age, especially if you don’t have power, if you don’t have your cell phone you don’t have your livelihood,” Claire’s mother Ramona said.
The girls set up a foldable plastic table on the front lawn and ran extension cords from the garage and attached a power strip and various chargers to the other end. They said they had some people come by, but didn’t see much interaction.
“We had a few people come over and charge their phones,” Tardif said. “Some of them leave [their phones] and they put little notes on them so they can come back for them.”
The girls said it felt good to provide help to the community during this time and will continue to set up the charging station on Pleasant Street until power is restored in Southington.