Winter Weather Brings Out Helping Hands

By James Wilcox

July 22, 2010 Updated Jan 19, 2007 at 9:26 PM EDT

When Edward Lester saw the snow Friday morning, the first thing he thought was to grab his shovel.

"I try to get it done before I go into work, but like today it was a slow day so I'm out doing this," says Lester.

But Lester shovels more than just his own sidewalk and driveway.

He travels around helping others.

"Makes me feel good," says Lester.

Friday, his buddy Ron Behal is lending a hand.

"I was coming through town there and I seen him out shoveling so I thought I'd give him a hand," says Behal.

The two men hit the streets, shoveling for family and friends.

People they know can't do the work themselves.

"I can't see some old person out there lifting a shovel, you know 80 years old, when I'm capable of helping," says Lester.\

Helping those like Barbara Porada.

She and her husband are getting up there and age, and Barbara has has some health problems.

"We're just so thankful we don't have to suffer with it in the cold," says Porada.

When Sharon Rogers woke up this morning and heard it had snowed, she thought she'd definitely be shoveling her sidewalk.

But when she stopped outside, she had a pleasant surprise.

Edward and Ron had already shoveled, and even left sharon some rock salt.

"It was a thrill, I was all happy, I was out here like clap, clap ,clap hurray guys," says Rogers.

Edward says seeing that excitement and appreciation is what makes it all worth while.

And the next times it snows, you'll find him with a shovel in hand, clearing driveways and sidewalks once again.

These two guys aren't the only ones scooping the sidewalks.

For the first time this season, many people around the area are using the shovels and rocksalt.

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