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Heavy snowfall is turning many Kelowna residents into Snow Angels

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January 10, 2020 - 2:45 PM

With ongoing heavy snowfalls in the Okanagan this winter, getting that snow cleared from sidewalks and driveways is always a challenge, especially for the elderly or disabled.

While it’s not unusual for many good Samaritans to help out their neighbours, the City of Kelowna has a Snow Angels program that gives people a way to thank their neighbours for all their hard work.

Ann Zoobkoff is one resident who benefits from the snow shovels of others. Last year, she nominated two of her neighbours who have been shovelling her snow for six years, since her husband passed away.

“They’re awesome neighbours,” she told iNFOnews.ca. “They do the snow and, if I need garbage taken out and all that kind of stuff - they’re really nice neighbours and look after me.”

For nominating them as Snow Angles, the City sent her Snow Angel toques and letters of appreciation to give to them.

Each winter month, the City draws from the nominators for a prize package of two tickets to a Kelowna Rockets hockey game along with pre-game dinner at the Manhattan Point Restaurant. Zoobkoff was the winner of that draw last February.

Last winter, 38 people nominated Snow Angels. Already this year, 30 people have called in to honour their neighbours.

With more snow coming, there’s more chances to be a Snow Angel.

Snow Angel nominations, for Kelowna residents only, can be phoned in to 250-469-8600 (ext. 7) or emailed to snowangels@kelowna.ca.

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