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Looking Out For Neighbors

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As spring gets ready to make an appearance, many people are still experiencing those last snow events of the season. While yesterday it was in the 70s in Pittsburgh, we got some snow only last week. How about you? It feels like such a slog any time it snows when you know you have to go to work or an appointment, doesn’t it?

Now imagine the anxiety that must come with any major weather event when you know your life depends on being able to get out of the house!

Natalie Blair of Parsippany, N.J. was faced with just that scenario, and were it not for the teen boys in her neighborhood who made sure she could get to her dialysis appointment after it snowed one night, she might have been stuck.

Patrick Lanigan and several of his friends were up and out there around 4:30 a.m. on a Monday (on a snow day, when they could have slept in!) When Ms. Blair looked out the window at 6 a.m., the entire drive was clear. You’ll see in the video below that it is quite a big driveway, too!

Here’s video about the event (and more sources will be at the bottom of the page):

This is a really good reminder to look out for our neighbors, especially those who are elderly or infirm, not just in snow events, but any time. We have a neighbor we like to check in on every so often (as does much of the neighborhood). If you notice you haven’t seen someone in a while, or you know they have frequent medical appointments, consider helping out, stopping by, or calling to see how they're doing. If you want to help neighbors with snow removal, perhaps your community has a program you can volunteer with? The City of Pittsburgh has a Snow Angels program that you can sign up with if you live in the area. Maybe where you live has something similar.

I hope this story was inspiring to you. Stay warm if winter decides to pop up one more time, and have a great week!  💛🐝

Photo by Filip Mroz on Unsplash

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