© Frank Gale
Julien Guignard shovels off the step of the residence of a senior couple in a free service he is providing this winter.
Inspired by something he read on Facebook, Julien Guignard is offering a free shovelling service to seniors in Stephenville.
Guignard said he read how times are tough for some seniors and that it gets expensive for them to get steps and walkways shovelled, if they are able to get someone to do it at all.
The 16-year-old decided he was going to provide that service free of charge when he’s available to do it after school hours, and got his mom Patti Guignard to do up some small posters and put them out around at different locations.
In the meantime, he and his mom have been driving around Stephenville and looking for people who need help. They’ve done a few places, including some shovelling of the step and porch area at the Animal Shelter in Stephenville, a couple of places at the seniors complex located on New Mexico Drive and at an elderly ladies house on their own street, St. Clare Avenue.
Since putting out the posters, they’ve even received several calls from Alberta, with sons and daughters asking them to look out for their mom’s property.
“It’s a big worry for people who are away and have parents here but no other family,” Patti said.
She hopes more people will call and take advantage of the free service Julien is providing, that she helps him out with.
She thinks it’s a great thing he’s doing and they plan to do it all winter.
“I like to try and help out in the community where I can,” Julien said.
Recently he and a few friends stayed up playing video games for 25 hours and in the process raised more than $500 for the Janeway Children’s Hospital. He is also active in basketball and hockey.
Tom and Helen Hull, a senior couple who live next door to Guignard, said they really appreciate Julien coming and shovelling them out.
“It’s a great service; it’s perfect,” Tom said.