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Kamloops seniors looking for Snow Angels

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KAMLOOPS - The volunteer snow removal program Snow Angels is up and running again in Kamloops as cold weather arrives in the city. 

Lorraine Mallon, the program coordinator with the Oncore Seniors Society, says there are a couple areas in particular they’re looking for helpers willing to shovel snow for seniors.

“On the North Shore in general, Westysde,” she says. “We’re really encouraging people who live in those ares to jump on board.”

While the program is looking for people anywhere in the city to volunteer some time whenever it snows, she says those areas in particular need some help.

The program, now in it’s fourth year with the seniors society, has grown every year she says, with over 100 seniors matched so far, but there’s always a need for more snow shovelling.

Volunteers shovel the walk ways for seniors who don’t have anyone else to do it for them and aren’t able to themselves.

“They have to be 65 or older, low income, health and mobility issues,” she says. “They don’t have anyone else to help them.”

For the volunteers the commitment varies, as it’s dependant on the amount of snow that falls. Mallon says the program takes into account volunteers personal lives and gives them 24 hours to complete the shovelling they’ve been assigned.

The volunteers do get a bit of compensation as well, a coupon for a free pizza every time they go out.

Volunteers can contact the program at 250-828-0600 or click here for more information.

– This story was updated at 4:02 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016 to include contact information to for the Snow Angels program.

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