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Neighbors Help Each Other After Snow Slams Central Ohio

DOWNTOWN COLUMBUS (Lu Ann Stoia/Kate Liebers) -- Neighbors spent the day after a severe snow storm "paying it forward."

While snow plows battled the major roads, Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman said he hoped the entire community would pitch in to help one another -- especially on the residential streets.

His hopes seemed to have been fulfilled.

Armed with a snow shovel, Eric Mahaffe didn't stop after tackling his own driveway and sidewalks. After Tuesday night's storm, he headed over to an elderly neighbor's house to help out.

"I think it is important to build a strong community. Get to know your neighbors," Mahaffe said. "It definitely makes it a safer neighborhood."

He was not alone. Young brother-and-sister team Tim and Carolyn Bales spent their calamity day looking after others.

"Our neighbors are a little bit older over there, so they can't really shovel themselves," said Carolyn, a 12-year-old Hilliard student. "So I like to help them out a little bit."

Tim, 14, said he is happy to give those residents a pleasant surprise to come home to after work.

"It's back-breaking work right now and when you are tired from work, you want to go home and just relax and eat dinner," he said.

City leaders said hearing these heart-warming stories make the harsh winter a little more pleasant.
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