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Snow Angels shovel for seniors

By Catherine Hawley, Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 03 2014 05:06:41 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 03 2014 06:43:33 PM CST

Sometimes senior citizens need help handling the shoveling that comes with a snow storm.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

Sometimes senior citizens need help handling the shoveling that comes with a snow storm.

One group of Allentown volunteers works overtime to make sure the job gets done.

It started with a good idea, and folks in need.

"People who literally can't do it themselves," explained Richard Ramos.

They call themselves the "Snow Angels." It's a group of volunteers who shovel, snow blow and salt the sidewalks, stairs and driveways for local seniors. They jump into action once the snow reaches 2 inches.

"We go out and we make sure that their property gets shoveled," added Milagros Canales Ramos.

The program started matching volunteers with senior citizens four winters ago.

"We thought this would be a great way to connect the generations to provide a needed service, and it has worked out pretty well so far," shared Rick Daugherty with Lehigh Valley Active Life.

Friday the group cleared the properties of 25 older residents who can't do it themselves.

"Put a smile on people's faces," described Richard. "And do something to help the community."

The help can make a big difference in the seniors' lives. But you do need to meet a few requirements before the Snow Angels head out to help.

"They need to be homeowners, they need to own the property," Daugherty said. "They have to have homeowners insurance, are over the age of 60 and low income."

"It makes me feel good actually because I know if I was this age I would want someone to help me if I wasn't able to help myself," added Richard.

With this much snow so early in 2014, the Snow Angels actually need your help. The group is looking for area teens who want to volunteer their time.

"We don't have a lot of youth volunteering," Daugherty shared.

"Honestly it only takes an hour of their time to go out and make somebody smile, that's it," explained Milagros.

If you are interested in helping-out or signing-up contact Lehigh Valley Active Life at 610-437-3700.