Through bitter cold and slick snow, Kathy Drews totes a snow shovel to her neighborhood bus stop at St. John and Drury in Historic Northeast.
Drews isn’t a regular bus rider, but her neighbors are.
As snow plows pile mounds of snow against the curb, Drews thinks of her neighbors and other bus stop regulars.
“There are some older people who need to get back and forth, and it’s kind of hard getting over that hump,” she said. “I worry about people slipping and not being able to tell where the actual curb is.
“I care about the people in our community and I want to do everything I can.”
So, every time it snows, Drews treks to the local bus stop and shovels snow from the surrounding sidewalk and curb, making a clear path.
One time, she left her house at midnight to shovel snow.
“If you shovel a little bit after it snows a few inches and then you go back after it finishes snowing, it’s not as hard,” she explained.
Despite her arthritic hands, Drews has been shoveling away the snow for four years.
“It’s not always fun to go out in the cold and do the snow,” she said. “But, in a way it is fun because you have a sense of accomplishment.
“When you come in aching all over, it’s a good kind of ache because you know you did something good.
“I challenge my neighbors to do their bus stops, too. It only takes a few minutes to clear a path.”