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Alabama Power unsung hero Katie Glenn shines in her community, at work

H. Neely Henry Hydro Plant Superintendent Jeff Harris calls Katie Glenn the “Mama Hen” of the facility, adding that her caring support of her co-workers and community shines through everything she does.

“Katie takes care of everybody here at the plant,” said Harris. “She is the one who makes sure we are comfortable and have everything we need, and calls to check on us when we’re not at the plant. She also leads in her community through her church and her participation in the Alabama Power Service Organization (APSO). She has a love for people.”

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Glenn’s love for others has been evident since the pandemic began, Harris said. With many people out of work and struggling to buy groceries and other necessities as a result of the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 crisis, she is doing her part to help lift that load.

Every other Tuesday morning, Glenn can be found at her church, Mountain Home Baptist in Sycamore, helping bag and hand out fresh fruits and vegetables to people in need. The church has been hosting weekly food drives since July.

“We are giving the food to anybody who wants it,” said Glenn, plant auxiliary at H. Neely Henry Dam. “People just drive up in their car, we load the food into their trunk, and they keep going. It’s very safe because there’s no contact between us and them.”

Distributing food at her church has not been enough for Glenn. When she came across a flier in June seeking volunteers for a drive-thru food and supplies giveaway at the Talladega Superspeedway, she knew she wanted to help.

The NASCAR Foundation, the Joey Logano Foundation and Elevation Outreach Ministries brought a “Convoy of Hope” tractor-trailer with more than 38,000 pounds of food and hygiene products to the superspeedway to help people in the community affected by COVID-19. The event was three days before the much-anticipated NASCAR race at the superspeedway. Convoy of Hope is a traveling faith-based relief organization whose mission is to feed the hungry worldwide.

Glenn spent five hours on the evening of June 17 helping unload the trailer and fill bags with food, water, juices and toiletries. There were stuffed animals and sweets placed in bags for kids, she said.

Glenn returned to the superspeedway the next morning, where she helped load bags into the trunks of vehicles. Each family received four bags during the no-contact giveaway.

(Courtesy of Alabama NewsCenter)