Mayor encourages people to share winter storm good deeds
@junie710: Helping someone stuck in the snow outside Cosentinos at @KCPLDistrict #kchelps
@FLiPDatFilipino: My father using the snow blower to remove the entire blocks snow from their driveways #kchelps
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
Kansas City Mayor Sly James is encouraging people who help someone out in the winter storm or who get help to share the good deed on Twitter.
"If you see people doing extraordinary things to help during the storm, tweet it using #kchelps," James tweeted.
The hashtag #kchelps is already filling up with stories of people who are spotted pushing stuck vehicles out or shoveling out their neighbors.
One person tweeted how grateful she is that an officer helped her with her groceries at the Brookside Cosentino's.
"Didn't get his name... but Thank You!" tweeted @WootonBrandi.
Kansas City fire Chief Paul Berardi even felt the love from nearby helpers.
"Thanks to neighbors who helped my wife shovel my sidewalk while I'm at EOC [Emergency Operations Center]. #kchelps," Berardi wrote.
For all the Kansas Citians feeling stuck, there were usually people there to help.
"Just got done shoveling out the driveway for my neighbor's house and my brother's house, but I'm going to go down farther," said Mark Green, of Kansas City, MO.
"I was actually headed into work and I got stuck twice and two separate people came out and helped me each time, so whenever I see somebody I try and help out," said Furu Ambam, of Kansas City, MO. "It's just another way to connect."
Then there was a group of neighbors with a different idea of what really helps when winter settles in.
"It's just going to keep coming, so it just, sometimes it feels pointless to shovel. So we just have a good time and it's good for moral and makes people feel good," said Philip Wiegand, of Kansas City, MO.
The group came outside in T-shirts, sundresses and flip flops to participate in such exhilarating activities as racing around the yards, posing for pictures stacked on top of one another in a pyramid, dancing a conga line and making snow angels.
For four years now, when the snow comes down, the members of the Catholic youth community, Meyer Catholic Quarter, a part of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, get together to take some pictures that take them away to another place. For a few minutes it doesn't matter what the temperature is - snowy lawns become sandy beaches and shoveling can wait for another day.
"The adrenaline rush, you just get excited, so it doesn't feel that cold," said Carrie Kafka, of Kansas City, MO.
Some may argue that the good deeds are made even better when the doers don't receive major accolades, but James said he saw people doing extraordinary things during previous storms and he wants to keep it up.
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