MISSOULA, Mont. – This cold and snowy winter is hard on hundreds of Montanans. Some struggle to get around and get snow cleared away, but a social media group is reaching out to make a difference.
Missoula resident Judy Thayer has stenosis of the spine. She tells NBC Montana that she can barely walk and can’t shovel snow.
Thayer also is on a fixed income, so paying for help is not an option.
For the last couple of years, volunteer Alfred Brule has shoveled Thayer’s driveway and walk.
“He’s really wonderful. He’s been coming for at least a couple of years now. He came last year too. He’s so great. He has a nice personality. He’s always in a good mood. He’s always smiling and wonderful. He’s always here. He comes after every snow. He’s very dependable,” said Thayer.
Brule volunteers through a social media community called Imagine Missoula.
“There are a lot of folks who can’t get out or afford to hire somebody to move furniture or cut down a tree or come over and shovel snow or things like that. It’s really a need in Missoula,” said Brule.