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Volunteers sought for New London shovel committee

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The Pedestrian Advisory Committee was set up last September and has the mission to clear the sidewalks of elderly citizens and the disabled. (WFSB) The Pedestrian Advisory Committee was set up last September and has the mission to clear the sidewalks of elderly citizens and the disabled. (WFSB)
NEW LONDON, CT (WFSB) -

A volunteer-driven organization in New London, designed to help others, is looking for some helpers of their own.

The Pedestrian Advisory Committee was set up last September and has the mission to clear the sidewalks of elderly citizens and the disabled.

Volunteer Committee Organizer Carl Lee said they have 40 houses to clear, and hardly any help to do it.

"As of yesterday we got four, which is a blessing,” Lee said.

The city provided $500 to purchase sturdy shovels, and the committee has to provide the people-power, shoveling sidewalks so first responders and others can gain access to the homes of those who call for help.

"The main thing we worry about is getting to their ramps and stuff like that,” Lee said.

"Most people will get out and shovel the stuff…most will,” said David Kennedy, who is the newest volunteer of the committee.

The largest group of volunteers comes from New London and the Coast Guard Academy.

Over the weekend, nine volunteers were able to shovel 35 walkways.

"Now we are reaching out to New London High School students, reaching out to St. Bernards, also Ella Grasso...reaching out there,” Lee added.

The only thing the committee doesn’t do, are driveways.

Elderly or disabled residents who require digging out after a storm can call 860-333-8750 or email pedestrian.nl@gmail.com for assistance from community volunteers.

For more information on the committee, check out their Facebook page here.

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