Blizzard Shovels in Support

New York City and much of the Northeast (including Boston and Newark) was hammered by a powerful blizzard this holiday weekend. The monster blizzard, which left more than 20 inches in some areas and has been more than a hassle for holiday travelers who were faced with delays, canceled flights, closed airports and impassable roadways.


But the blizzard is also bringing out the best in people and thanks to social media sites such as Twitter, city governments are quickly reacting to cries of help from stranded citizens. Check out Newark Mayor Cory Booker's Twitter Feed for example. Booker himself is in the snowy streets of the city, digging out cars and helping people dig out. This is truly an example of Creating Good.


The internet is also helping people connect to one another, report problems, and locate areas where help is needed. New York has set up a page HERE and people living in Boston can check HERE.


What is it about a snowstorm that brings communities together? When DC was hit with a blizzard in February, my neighbors and I spent the day shoveling sidewalks and digging out cars. It was part community bonding, part work-out. Do you recall a time, recent or in the past, where you helped someone out in your neighborhood?


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