While snowstorms are something most Canadians have learned to embrace, they can still create massive problems for many people. Namely, the elderly, or just about anyone who’s forced to dig out their home or a vehicle from a massive snowbank.
But when a record-breaking snowstorm buried Ottawa on Tuesday, random acts of kindness started appearing almost as fast as the snow did. Just take Yvone Laguerre, for example. When she grabbed a shovel on Wednesday morning and headed outside expecting the worst, she opened the door to find about five members of the North Gloucester Giants Football Club already digging out her driveway.
“Merci beaucoup,” she said, referring to what she told the boys. “Merci, merci.”
About ten members of the club turned out altogether, going door-to-door to see if anyone wanted a helping hand.
“It was a pretty positive turnout, lots of people wanted to come out and help the community,” said Avery Woodhouse, who is a member of the club. “That’s what we’re all about.”
Another resident, Maxime Pilote, donned a disguise and made a YouTube video of himself taking a snowbrush to random cars, and even helping push vehicles that became stuck.
Then there were the two neighbours from the community who teamed up to help shovel each other’s properties. But the strange part was, they didn’t even know each other. They literally shook hands and introduced themselves about half way through the job.
“Hi Ralph,” one said. “I’m Dan,” he replied.
Of course, we’re only scratching the surface. Just look at what we’re seeing on social media:
— Megan Blumenthal (@MegBlumenthal) February 16, 2016
— Jacqueline Brandwood (@jackiebrandwood) February 17, 2016
— Jesse Whyte (@T_WConstruction) February 17, 2016
My neighbour just plowed my driveway… I love Ottawa
— Kolby McKeown (@kolbymckeown) February 17, 2016
— LDC (@elle_dee_see) February 17, 2016
— kt (@KBeaulieuXo) February 17, 2016
Doorbell rang early morning. It was our 85 year old neighbour, w/ snowblower roaring. “You go to work ya? Here you go.” @OttawaMorning
— Elizabeth Gray-Smith (@GraySmithYOW) February 17, 2016
Needless to say, Ottawa deserves major kudos. This is exactly what Canada is all about. Way to make us proud!