January 28, 2023

A mother of two detailed the terrifying moment her family was stranded at Target during the Buffalo blizzard after their car got stuck in the snow.

jessica sypniewski33-year-old from Buffalo, New York, left her home with her two children, ages seven and 11, during the storm of the century that has devastated the city to pick up her family across town, not thinking that it would end with them spending the night in the department store.

In an interview with Today, Jessica detailed how the blizzard left her family terrified and pounding on Target doors, desperately seeking help, before “lifeguard” employees rescued them.

Jessica Sypniewski shared the terrifying moment her family was stranded at Target during the Buffalo blizzard after their car got stuck in the snow (Jessica’s children ages seven and 11 pictured)

The 33-year-old woman, from Buffalo, left her home with her two children during the blizzard to pick up the family when they were stranded in the shopping plaza.

The 33-year-old woman, from Buffalo, left her home with her two children during the blizzard to pick up the family when they were stranded in the shopping plaza.

In a post shared on Facebook, Jessica detailed the family's ordeal, adding that 22 people were stuck at Target with their family.

In a post shared on Facebook, Jessica detailed the family’s ordeal, adding that 22 people were stuck at Target with their family.

“We were picking up my boyfriend’s sister and her boyfriend, on our way back home, we got stranded at Target plaza by coincidence,” Jessica said.

All six were left stranded in their car next to the store before going inside.

“We were scared of snow so we went to the grocery store because they were still open. But they didn’t let us stay there,’ she explained.

The family was forced to return to their car, but after about 40 minutes, they couldn’t take the cold any longer and needed to find shelter.

‘I saw a line of cars with their four-way flashers outside Target. I knocked on the (store) door and they let us in,” the mother-of-two told Today.

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As soon as Jessica and her family entered the department store, they felt an “overwhelming” feeling of mixed emotions, but were grateful that they were able to find shelter from the snowstorm.

“I was carrying my son and one of the employees walked up to me and threw a blanket at me,” she said.

Jessica explained that they weren’t the only ones stuck at Target and that they all sat by the warmers, adding that the employees made sure everyone was comfortable.

The stranded group received hot chocolate from Starbucks. There were 22 people who stayed overnight at Target with Jessica’s family.

As soon as Jessica and her family entered the department store, they felt a sensation

As soon as Jessica and her family entered the department store, they felt an “overwhelming” sense of mixed emotions.

She said:

She said: “I was holding my son and one of the employees walked up to me and threw a blanket at me.”

Jessica explained that the employees made everyone who was stranded feel welcome and even made them hot chocolate.

Jessica explained that the employees made everyone who was stranded feel welcome and even made them hot chocolate.

While other members of Jessica's family offered to go looking for them, the mother was terrified and knew there was no chance she and her children would be able to walk to the main roads.

While other members of Jessica’s family offered to go looking for them, the mother was terrified and knew there was no chance she and her children would be able to walk to the main roads.

And while other members of Jessica’s family offered to go looking for them, the mother was terrified and knew there was no chance she and her children would be able to walk to the main roads.

‘People were dying in their cars and that was my worst fear. If snow falls on us, there were a million things on my head at the time,” he told Today.

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On Christmas Eve, Target employees created a walking path to the main road and a friend was able to pick up Jessica and her family.

In a now-viral post shared on Facebook over the weekend, Jessica opened up about the family’s ordeal along with plenty of photos from her sleepover at Target.

She captioned the post: ‘We’ve been stranded at Target in Walden since 12pm yesterday, I’ve never felt so scared in my life but we’re safe and warm!

‘I can’t say enough to the employees at Target who opened their doors for us and provided everything we needed, you are literally life savers!

‘We’ve made the ass situation right!’

Target’s executive vice president and director of stores, Mark Schindele, told Today that the actions of employees exemplify the store’s values.

On Christmas Eve, Target employees created a walking path to the main road and a friend was able to pick up Jessica and her family.

On Christmas Eve, Target employees created a walking path to the main road and a friend was able to pick up Jessica and her family.

The storm has been dubbed the blizzard of the century and has battered the East Coast and Midwest with freezing temperatures, several feet of snow and flooding.

The storm has been dubbed the blizzard of the century and has battered the East Coast and Midwest with freezing temperatures, several feet of snow and flooding.

More than 200 million people across the country have been affected by the storm.

More than 200 million people across the country have been affected by the storm.

‘Usually when we refer to “Tarzhay” magic, we mean the kind of products our customers can only find at Target and simply can’t live without.

‘On Christmas Eve, that phrase took on a whole new meaning. Thanks to the compassion and quick thinking of the team members at our Walden Galleria store, they were able to provide shelter for those who were stranded while also providing care, comfort and holiday cheer.

“His actions are a living example of Target’s values ​​and we are grateful to have been able to help those in need.”

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Jessica explained that she will never forget how friendly and welcoming the store employees were to her family.

She says that she will never forget the kindness shown to her family.

I know people think we’re used to this kind of weather and we are, but not to this point. If it wasn’t for Target, I don’t know where we’d be. We didn’t have a next move,” he added.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said nearly all of Buffalo's fire trucks were stranded in the snow.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said nearly all of Buffalo’s fire trucks were stranded in the snow.

Cars have been buried under several feet of snow and people have reported being stranded on the roads, unable to get help.

Cars have been buried under several feet of snow and people have reported being stranded on the roads, unable to get help.

A public service announcement has asked anyone with a snowmobile to come forward to help emergency services in Erie County, New York.

A public service announcement has asked anyone with a snowmobile to come forward to help emergency services in Erie County, New York.

The storm has been dubbed the blizzard of the century and has battered the East Coast and Midwest with freezing temperatures, several feet of snow and flooding.

More than 200 million people across the country have been affected by the storm, leaving many families crying out for help as many have died after being trapped in their cars covered in several feet of snow.

The National Guard has been deployed to help with the rescue efforts after the emergency services were overwhelmed.

Ahead of the holiday weekend, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said all fire trucks in Buffalo were stranded in the snow, adding that an estimated 500 cars were trapped.

The New York state governor said the storm’s aftermath resembled a “war zone.”

Buffalo hasn’t experienced a storm this deadly since 1950, making the combination of heavy snow, wind and freezing temperatures the deadliest in more than 70 years.