HOPE VALLEY - Shoveling snow can be a tiresome and treacherous chore, and even though winter has been mild thus far, it is very likely that local walkways and driveways will need shoveling at some point this season.
One local teen is trying to make that task significantly less of a headache, or back-ache, for those who have trouble shoveling themselves out.
Libby Walker, member of the The 4-Ever Amigos 4-H Club of Hope Valley, is organizing the Chariho Shovel Brigade, a volunteer shoveling service for the elderly and handicapped of Charlestown, Richmond and Hopkinton.
“The 4-H organization encourages their members to start project’s that benefit the community in some way,” said Libby’s mother Michelle Walker. “Last year, we had a lot of snow, and everybody was tired of the snow, so we thought, ‘what if we weren’t strong enough to shovel this ourselves?’”
According to Michelle, that conversation is what lead Libby to the idea of the Shovel Brigade.
“We thought, maybe there are people out there that can’t do it themselves, and have no one nearby to help them,” Michelle said. “It just occurred to [Libby] that some people may not have access to the help.”
All three of the Chariho towns, as well as the Chariho Regional middle and high schools, are on board with the project. Students at the schools can sign up to volunteer as part of the Shovel Brigade.
“I think it’s a great idea,” said Chariho Supt. Barry Ricci. “The originator of the idea deserves a great amount of credit.”
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