Clearing Snowy Sidewalks Makes Way for Friendship


Dakota Nelson is braving the frigid temps and shoveling sidewalks. 

“There’s a lot of cases where you want to do goo but not always is it such a fitting opportunity to apply that want,” Nelson said. 

But they’re not his sidewalks. 

“We have elders out there, we have folks with disabilities – they shouldn’t have to suffer extra just because of that,” Nelson said. 

He and another volunteer, Josh Copley, brought their shovels and got to work Wednesday morning. 

“We can create positive norms. If it snows and people know they can text this random person that they don’t know from anything; that’s a new norm,” Nelson said. 

The shovels aren’t just getting snow off the sidewalks, they’re also melting one woman’s heart.

“I thought ‘Oh, hallelujah!,'” Jennifer Szendi-Horvath said. 

68-year-old Szendi-Horvath is getting ready to have surgery. She said she simply needed a path to her car and a safe walkway for the mailman.

“I was speculating on how I was going to get this shoveled and I saw his post and thought, ‘That’s it, That’s what I need,'” Szendi-Horvath said. 

“It really affirms exactly what we thought. That a need was there and we could fill it,” Nelson said. 

A cold day made a little warmer as strangers become friends. 

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