It’s no secret that Chicago has one of the chilliest winters in the Midwest. Last week, the city got nine inches of snow. Now for kids, a snow day often means school cancellations, which leads to lots of cheers. But for the elderly, all that snow can be tough, and they don’t have the strength to go shoveling all that snow all by themselves.Jahmal Cole, a community organizer, was inundated with calls from the elderly who needed help shoveling the snow, but he couldn’t do it alone.
He also offered them hoodies, hats, and a meal in exchange for their help, and slowly but surely, people started showing up.
Aside from Cole’s plea getting 22,000 retweets, it also got 64,000 likes, which definitely inspired people to help. Now it was just a matter of seeing how many people would actually show up.
The local news documented as Cole and the other volunteers showed up with their shovels in their hands and got to work. Some folks traveled all the way from Roseland, which is far south of Chatham.
Cole had only brought 10 shovels, so he rushed over to Lowe’s and bought more shovels. The volunteers consisted of all kinds of people of various backgrounds and ages, but they all had one mission, to help.
He encourages everyone to reach out to the community in order to get them to interact and help one another. Cole explained, “My mindset is always, ‘What’s something simple that I can do that’ll have a positive impact on my block and my neighborhood?'”