One Man's Tweet Inspired 120 Volunteers To Shovel Snow For The Elderly.
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.
When the snowstorm hit Chicago, one man came to the rescue of seniors.
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.
Cole asked for at least ten volunteers to give him a hand.
He also offered them hoodies, hats, and a meal in exchange for their help, and slowly but surely, people started showing up.
The tweet got plenty of attention from kind-hearted people on social media.
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.
Not only had 120 people shown up, but Cole's cause garnered the attention of the media as well.
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.
The spirit of helping others was strong in these volunteers, but there weren't enough shovels.
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.
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