Comox seeking ‘snow angels’ to help clear snow, ice from seniors’ sidewalks this winter

Comox seeking 'snow angels' to help clear snow, ice from seniors' sidewalks this winter
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A pilot program in Comox is calling on good-hearted locals, or “snow angels,” to help seniors and people with disabilities clear their sidewalks this winter.

The Town of Comox says people can sign up now to be a part of its Snow Angel Program, which looks to have volunteers shovel snow and ice off public sidewalks adjacent to properties occupied by people needing a helping hand.

“With snow falling earlier, we aim to support our community in assisting others who find it challenging or are unable to clear their sidewalks,” said Nicole Minions, the town’s mayor.

“We see folks out doing this as an act of kindness already,” she said.

“Every winter, you can see people stepping up to clear a sidewalk or an entire street in some cases. This program formalizes a process in matching up the need with Snow Angels in our community.”

The program runs from Nov. 1 through April 15, 2024, and people can also request the help of a snow angel.

The town says cleared sidewalks will also benefit those who use them regularly, including postal carriers, emergency personnel, children and the everyday walker.

It says the number of residents requiring assistance may surpass the number of snow angels who sign up, so it’s asking the community to help get the word out.

“It will take some time for messaging to get out into the community,” it said, “so spreading the word through community-based organizations, youth sports leagues, high-school students looking for community support hours, or faith groups will assist with people stepping forward.”

There are criteria that must be met to become or request a snow angel, and more information is posted on the town’s website here.

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