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Meat Lady on a Meat Mission

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CBS2/FOX28) -- Village Meat Market owner Lou Thompson -- better known as Lou the Meat Lady -- is on a meat and cheese mission.

After hearing this station's story about how Shelter House in Iowa City was over capacity and not turning anyone away in the cold weather, Lou decided to spread some love.

"I was just driving to work going, 'They've got to eat, too,'" Lou said.

So Lou called up her friends Jim at Save-a-Lot and Ernie at Ernie's Tap -- they donated chips, fruit, and sliced bread. Combined with the meat, cheese and French bread from the Village Meat Market, Lou handmade dozens of delicious subs -- or as some call them -- heroes.

"I got to wake up with my husband, two cats, and a dog, so I was pretty warm. Too warm. When you do wake up like that, and you're warm and toasty, it makes you think about somebody who's out there freezing," Lou said.

Lou and her husband hauled the sandwiches into the Shelter House kitchen, where kitchen manager Kimberli Blumer turned them into lunches for the janitorial staff and residents headed out to work overnight shifts.

"It's a wonderful feeling, and it's wonderful for someone to donate from the outside," Blumer said.

Former Shelter House resident Michael Rickett now has a job and his own place. He said donations like this one made a huge difference to him.

"People here at the Shelter House actually need help. When we see people coming in -- they'll come in with food, donations, clothing -- that's what made me appreciate Iowa more. I love Iowa now," Rickett said.

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