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Thoughtful Chicagoans Band Together to Shovel Snow For Seniors

"Look you're not going to change the whole world in a second, but you can make someone's day better in five minutes," one volunteer said.

Jahmal Cole believes we all have a responsibility to take care of all of our communities. So when he heard the snowstorm was coming, he put out the call for volunteers.

"Instead of complaining about it, we just challenge Chicagoans to ask themselves, what's something simple they can do on their block to help out," the community activist told NBC 5. "Shoveling for seniors is pretty simple."

Through his nonprofit organization, My Block, My Hood, My City, Cole encourages people to not only volunteer, but to have empathy for all residents.

"I think it's important to show people that there are good people out there and that people do care and are mindful of what other peoples needs are," volunteer Heidi Hornemann said.

Some seniors simply can't afford to pay a crew to remove the snow. So on a day like Friday, residents were very appreciative.

"I am 90 years old," resident Willie Mae Craigs said. "You know I can't get out there and do no snow. But I love it. I think it's the best thing for we seniors."

"We need it cause, I mean, shoveling snow ain't cheap," Willa Granberry said.

Volunteer Louis Uhler shared a simple philosophy on why it pays to help others.

"Look you're not going to change the whole world in a second, but you can make someone's day better in five minutes," Uhler said. "We have made so many peoples day better just like that doesn't take a lot."

And Resident Deborah Norman was very appreciative of that attitude.

"This was just a blessing today for them to come out," she said. "We really appreciate it."

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