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Snow removal program helps the elderly and people with disabilities

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Shoveling snow may be a pain, but for many people it's just plain dangerous. That's why Neighborhood Development Services has a volunteer based snow removal program, it helps the elderly and people with disabilities.

Teckla Holmes is 97 years old and still lives independently. It's possible with a little help from volunteers.

"Oh it's wonderful," said Holmes.

Monday a crew cleared her sidewalk and ramp, then added de-icer so it wouldn't get slippery.
This summer Holmes had a nasty fall, after breaking her knee cap she spent three months in a group home. Now she gets around using a cane or walker. She's happy to be back home and grateful for the help.

Volunteers at Neighborhood Development Services say clearing sidewalks and driveways is a safety issue.

"I can't shovel the driveway like I used too...you know," said Holmes.

For Holmes it meant so much she gave the volunteers cookies. They cleared around 40 sidewalks Monday and if it snows again they'll be back out.

"They were so nice, they put ice on the ramp," said Holmes.

In the City of Yakima homeowners are legally liable for the sidewalk in front of their homes. So if you can't clear yours there is help available to people within the city limits.

You can call Neighborhood Development Services at 575-6101.

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