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The northeast has seen some pretty nasty weather already this season and meteorologists are predicting it’s not going to be looking any better any time soon. Help out your community by following these easy steps. You’ll not only make a neighbor feel good but you’ll also feel good yourself.

Check in on your neighbors
It’s always nice to know you’re being thought of. When the weather begins to get harsh, check in with your neighbors to make sure they’re okay. Especially older neighbors who may live on a fixed income. Older people have to exert more energy to keep their bodies warm which puts them at risk for hypothermia. If they conditions are bad, they may not be able to shop for themselves either. Spend an afternoon taking care of others and watch how well the good karma treats you.

Shovel others out
Shovelling snow can be a dangerous activity for some, especially the elderly and those with heart problems. There’s research that shows a strong increase of heart attacks shortly after a heavy snowfall. While you’re out there shoveling your sidewalks and around you car, consider shoveling out others around you. Not only could you be saving someone from a heart attack, you could just make their day by doing all the heavy lifting for them. While you’re at it, make sure to take care of the sidewalks, driveways, and walkways by laying our salt or another de-icing agent to keep them from icing over.

Don’t let your extra hats, gloves, scarves, or coats sit in storage this winter. If they’re gently used  and you no longer have a use for them, or maybe you’ve outgrown them, donate these items to families in need. You can find a drive typically with local churches, homeless shelters, non-profits, and even thrift stores. While you’re packing these items up to donate, also take a look at your cupboard. Food pantry’s often run low on packaged goods this time of year. If you don’t have anything to donate, you can always donate a few dollars or pick up a shift to work at the soup kitchen.