Felicia Batten didn’t think she’d make it home in time for Thanksgiving, but she got lucky. She pulled into the Wilco Hess Truck Stop, off Interstate 85 exit 71 in Salisbury at 11 a.m. and parked her truck.
“My home stop,” she said.
Batten, 42, is a truck driver. She’s been away from her East Spencer home for three weeks.
“I was comin’ from Connecticut and I dropped my load in Kentucky. They wanted me to go to Louisville. I was like, ‘Man, I gotta get home.’ My dispatcher was like, ‘All right.’ So I just drove home.”
Her daughter picked her up at the truck stop and brought her to lunch at her church, Love Christian Center in East Spencer. The church gives out free Thanksgiving dinners every year. After they had eaten, she and her family loaded the car with 20 boxed lunches and came back to the Wilco Hess to hand them out to drivers who didn’t make it home for Thanksgiving.