HUBBARD, Ohio (WKBN) – One of WKBN Meteorologist Don Guthrie’s youngest fans was Mackenzie Pasco. She’s a little girl who got scared when storms popped up.
The fear was a big problem for Mackenzie. Thunderstorms pack a lot of energy. It can get dark, and they make a lot of noise. When Mackenzie was 10 years old she was afraid, but Don had just the answer for making her gray clouds go away.
“I think it was just the lights flashing in the sky and worrying about if there is going to be a bad disaster, something’s going to happen, just the loud thunder would freak me out,” Mackenzie said.
Mackenzie’s mom Kim said her daughter would be terrified to the point of shaking and throwing up.
“When she would come home from school and there would be any type of storms out, she would turn on the news and it had to be Don that she would watch,” Kim said.
Kim continued to look for an answer to Mackenzie’s problem so she emailed Don Guthrie and asked him to send her information about storms to help her daughter calm down. He responded right away
“He said I’ll do you one better. Bring her down to the station, and I will show her how weather works. We were beyond ecstatic,” Kim said.
Mackenzie said her mother didn’t tell her she made arrangements with Don. They just drove to the station.
“I was sitting on the couch and Don came up behind me and I freaked out,” Mackenzie said.
Don showed Mackenzie around the station, let her stand in front of the TV cameras and then had a heart to heart talk with her about what makes storms dangerous and how to be safe when they move through. The talk calmed her down.
“He was my idol. And hearing it just made me feel better,” Mackenzie said.
For the last three years, Don would also call Mackenzie when there were storms around to make sure she was okay. Today, the Pascos keep pictures of Don on their mantle, reminding them of his kindness and to remember that when storms come, there is a way through them.
“He just gave of himself to help her out and make her life better and calm her down,” Kim said. “He didn’t know her from Adam. It is just that he shared his love in his heart toward her and ever since then he has kept that love going.”
Mackenzie has gotten over her fear of storms and has Don Guthrie to thank. She says her worries are gone and she even watches storms roll in with her father.
“I’ll know that Don is always in my heart. And every time a storm comes, I will think of him and I know he helped me,” Mackenzie said.