Snow "angels" plow it forward in Ottawa, helping strangers dig out
Joanne Schnurr, CTV Ottawa
Published Wednesday, February 17, 2016 5:25PM EST
Last Updated Wednesday, February 17, 2016 7:14PM EST
It was the nastiest of days but it brought out the nicest in many of us. We asked you about random acts of kindness in the height of the storm yesterday and, like the snow, we were buried in responses!
Yvone Laguerre isn't quite sure what to make of four strapping young football players clearing her walkway along Prince Albert in Ottawa’s northeast end.
“That helped me so much,” she says in French, “Merci, merci.”
What would have taken her an hour to do, these 14 to 16-year-olds did in 5 minutes.
“We’re fast workers,” says Malachi Millington, “We’re hard workers, we’re young men.”
Young men who are all members of the North Gloucester Giants.
Justin Lanoue is one of the players, “People are happy to have the help and spread the word of the Giants helping out.”
In fact, about 10 players braved the storm last night and went door to door clearing snow in the Overbrook neighborhood.
“It was a positive turnout,” says player Avery Woodhouse, “lots of people wanted to come out to help the community. That's what we're about this year.”
Jarrod Wilkinson adds, “We got good reactions, you know, ‘cause we’re teenagers. People tend to think teenagers are lazy.”
While they sported their jerseys Maxime Pilote sported a diguise and a snow brush, randomly surprising strangers by clearing the snow off their cars, even pushing them out. Pilote, who works the the Department of National Defence, says the reaction was so good he might start a team of do-gooders next time. He posted his kindness crusade on YouTube:
And speaking of teaming up, neighbors Ralph Harrison and Dan Tryon were helping each other out, digging out Ralph’s son’s driveway. Funny thing is, they didn’t even know each other’s name.
“I'm Ralph,” says Harrison, as he introduces himself to Dan Tryon with a handshake,
“I’m Dan,” adds Tryon “I just saw him over there and…”
Ralph finishes his sentence, “He took pity on me and said “What's that old guy doing out there struggling away?”
As for Neal Kelly, he couldn't believe the kindness of others yesterday when his car got buried in a snowbank in the west end of Ottawa. He was "swarmed" he says but in a good way.
“I was overwhelmed by the kindness of people,” says Kelly. “They were coming from all ove, from the bus stop and some people even missed their bus to help me.”
Kelly says it reaffirms his belief about the goodness of others; something Yvone Laguerre already knows.
“Merci,” she says, as the boys pack up their shovels and move on to the next house.
Among the other comments CTV Ottawa received in our request for “Snow Angels”:
@ctvottawa my neighbour! Im pregnant and he dug out my car and parking spot!— Cait (@eightdeck) February 17, 2016
@ClaudiaCTV My nice stranger neighbour voluntarily came over with his snow blower & got rid of the impossible snow bank w/o saying a word!:)— vivlimmusic :3 (@vivlimmusic) February 17, 2016
@ClaudiaCTV - between myself & another neighbor here, we kept 6 driveways cleared throughout the day.Was nice to see ppl helping others out— Stephanie (@Stephanie_P87) February 17, 2016
In lanark- neighbour came out with his 1959 tractor/plow and did the neighbourly thing along the whole street https://t.co/LRh3Y5mDjy— Kimmy Leafloor (@KimLeafloor) February 17, 2016