Kingston, ON- Kathy Humble has lived in her quiet west-end Kingston neighbourhood for nearly 10 years. Over the past decade, she has spent countless days in the extreme cold, shoveling all of the driveways on her street, in hopes of being nominated a ‘Snow Angel’. But many of Humble’s neighbours say she doesn’t deserve it.
The City of Kingston started the Snow Angel program as a way to recognize the modest, generous, everyday heroes who help clear snow and ice for those who could use a helping hand. Those nominated are given a special Snow Angel toque, a letter of appreciation and are entered into a monthly draw for a City of Kingston swag bag.
“I’ve wondered for years what’s inside those swag bags,” Humble told The Big Buzz. “I bought a frame back in 2015 for the letter of appreciation, I assume it’s your standard 8.5 by 11 inches. Now I just need one of my good-for-nothing neighbours to nominate me. I’m the one who does all the work. I deserve the recognition more than anyone else in this city.”
Humble loves her home and doesn’t want to leave it but says she’ll be forced to move to a different part of the city if she’s not recognized as a ‘Snow Angel’ before the end of the winter.
The Big Buzz managed to catch up with a few of Humble’s neighbours to find out why they won’t put her name forward for community recognition, even though she spends most her days shoveling them out.
“Kathy shovels the driveway, sure, but she never does the walkway. Snow Angels don’t do a half-ass job,” says Gregory Swarmy, who lives right across the street from Humble. “I like Kathy a lot, she’s a great neighbour but I just can’t nominate her. I won’t do it. I mean, I want her to keep shoveling but until she does the job properly, it’s a hard NO on the Snow Angel nomination.”
Another neighbour, Joanna Nero, says she has asked Humble several times to stop shoveling their driveway but to no avail.
“My son is 14-years old and I promised him I would pay him to shovel the driveway this winter. How can he make extra cash if she keeps doing the job for him?”
Nero is not the only one who wishes Humble would stop clearing the snow altogether. Jeff Petersmitt bought a new snowblower last November and has been itching to use it.
“Since the first snowfall, Kathy has been hanging out in my driveway. I just want to play with my new toy! Someone has to put a stop to this immediately.”
Petersmitt’s frustration is felt throughout the neighbourhood and tensions grew this week, after Humble erected this sign on her front yard.
“I want these people to understand and appreciate what I do for them. Why can’t they just give me what I deserve?” Humble asked, as she tearfully shoveled in the rain. “All I can do is hope that 2018 is my year.”
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