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Allentown neighbors pay it forward with a shovel

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Many people were up early to clear their walkways and say they are thankful there was not a lot of snow to clear. One couple, however, used the day to pay it forward. 

With her shovel in hand, Toni Harris of Allentown was clearing the snow from the sidewalk in front of her neighbor's home. 

"I think it's really nice because maybe some people can't come out and help. So we just thought we'd be nice and help everybody else, help the neighbors out," Harris said.

Harris and her husband Timothy joined a lot of people living in the west end of Allentown who were running their snow blowers. 

"Wish we didn't have it at all period," Timothy Harris said, "but we have it. What are you going to do? So it is what it is."

Some who did venture out on the road early got into a fender bender just before plows cleared a path.

The Harris Family says they are clearing snow because they need to get out of the driveway and paying it forward is the right thing to do no matter how cold it is.

"Me and my husband may need help and then somebody can come and help us and do our sidewalk when we get old and gray and can't move," Toni Harris said with a laugh. 

Unfortunately, snow removal services are not available from the city, but it does coordinate with the Lehigh County Senior Center to help senior citizens in need of assistance clearing snow from their sidewalks. The Lehigh County Senior Center can be reached at 610-437-3700.


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