The Racsters Are This Week's Hometown Heroes

A Tri-State couple is continuing to give back to the community in more ways than one.

Posted: May 2, 2021 6:31 PM
Updated: May 3, 2021 3:41 PM

A Tri-State couple is continuing to give back to the community in more ways than one.

"I got ants in my pants," says Don Racster.

It's more than just a way to pass the time.

"I just feel I have to do something," says Racster. "I just feel like it's not living life just to sit here."

For Don and Peggy of Evansville, it's just part of their weekly routine.

"We go sometimes five or six times a week," says Racster.

"Don and Peggy Racster are absolutely phenomenal human beings," says Ashley Hughes, American Red Cross.

For more than 20 years, the couple volunteers their time for organizations ranging from Meals on Wheels to The American Red Cross.

"I mean I still like to do this," says Racster. "I didn't have any accidents. I was pretty safe, I guess. So, I guess I was lucky in that respect."

The two do a lot together.

Don is in his 90's and they've been married for 70 years.

Through their volunteering, they've traveled countless miles together.

"We drive my car over there and then we park," says Racster. "We put the boxes of blood; we take it all around the hospitals."

"Anytime anyone gets to spend a moment with them, you definitely are going to leave with a smile on your face," says Hughes.

In the meantime, whether it's together at home or together on the road, Don and Peggy say they will continue to help wherever, and whenever they are needed.

"But I'll do it as long as I'm available, I'll do it," says Racster.

"It's really absolutely an awesome opportunity every time they are in here just to talk with them about the legacy that they are leaving," says Hughes. "The work they are doing and how they are touching people's lives."

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Our Tuesday was nothing short of chilly, gloomy, gray and wintry throughout the Tri-State; afternoon high temperatures only reached as high as the middle to low 30s throughout the region. Our peak temperature of 32° in Evansville was 16° below the norm for this time of the year. As for the evening ahead, cloud cover and cool air will linger - additionally, there have been reports of sporadic flurries on and off throughout the day and some portions in the Lower Ohio Valley may continue to see brief snow showers through 10 o’clock this evening. Our winds will shift southward overnight tonight into early Wednesday morning and while it won’t necessarily drive temperatures higher for the predawn hours, It will help keep temperatures from falling much further than where they currently stand. Extract the morning low temperature near 29° in Evansville as we kick off our midweek.
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