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Real Heroes: Jim and Ellie Opitz

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That's not two seniors setting out to enjoy a vacation, it's “Team Opitz”, armed with the Red Cross emergency response vehicle and warm food.The miles of national guard caravans foreshadowed the heartache they'd encounter at Hurricane Katrina.

Jim and Ellie Opitz spend their golden years serving meals at national disasters, like Katrina and Ivan, and at local fires that happen here every week. They offer more than a hot meal to the hungry; it's hope to the hopeless, and an open ear to the lonely.