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'Snow Angels' to help Cranston seniors shovel out this winter

A new program in the City of Cranston seeks to help home-bound seniors be able to get where they need to go this winter. (WJAR)

A new program in the City of Cranston seeks to help home-bound seniors be able to get where they need to go this winter.

After last winter's record snowfall, the collaborative idea was created. Now, high school students are signing up to take part.

They're the city's very own 'Snow Angels' and they will be out in the city shoveling out people who can't do it themselves.

"This day was born out of need," Mayor Allan Fung said during a press conference at the city's senior center on Cranston Street.

Fung said that the idea was spawned after last year's snowfall made it difficult for seniors to leave their homes to get medication, do grocery shopping, or go to the senior center. This year, the students are stepping up to help.

"We thought it would be a good idea to get out in the community and help out the seniors because they can't get out and help themselves," said Cranston West senior, Joulien Martinelli.

"We just want you to know, students, how impressed we are with all of you," said assistant superintendent Norma Cole.

The city's senior citizens are excited about the initiative, as well. Sue Stenhouse, the executive director of senior services in the city, praised the program.

"This is one of my most favorite projects because it's inter-generational," said Stenhouse. "It's about great youth coming together and helping out our neighbors."

"Ms. Stenhouse spoke to us about the difficulties they experienced last winter," said Cranston West senior, Tyler Krusz. "And I felt more connected and more responsible for doing it, and I felt like it would be a good thing for the community."

To be eligible for assistance, you must be a Cranston resident aged 55 or older who is on a fixed income and receiving one of more of the following resources: SNAP, Heating Assistance, or Medicaid.

Seniors also qualify if they have no family assistance, have a debilitating health condition, or are on the Special Needs Emergency Registry.

If you qualify for assistance, call 401-780-6254.

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