Snow Shovelers Wanted In Amesbury

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AMESBURY, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The City of Amesbury is asking for volunteers to help shovel snow this winter.

A few inches of snow may not be a big deal for most, but for the elderly or those with disabilities, it can be a nightmare.

Doreen Arnfield, Director of the Amesbury Council on Aging, told WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas that finding volunteers to shovel snow for seniors has been a challenge for years.

"Every year, we get one or two maybe, maybe we get some Boy Scouts here or there," she said. "But it's never been a solid program, so we've always sort of left those seniors on their own to do it."

One person reported being stuck in their home for three days—until Jimmy Olsen, Assistant Director of Youth Services, stepped up.

"It took two hours, but the entire time I was there, the lady literally stood at the door and was crying tears of joy," he said. "Nothing that I have done recently has made me feel better than that."

He's teaming up with Arnfield to help that growing list of seniors.

Right now, Arnfield said about 17 senior citizens are asking for assistance, but that number is expected to go up.

"We certainly need more volunteers, just to adopt maybe one or two seniors for the winter," she said.

If you're a teen or young adult who wants to help out, you can sign up via the Snow Response Team form on the city's website, which you can access here.

WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports

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