After last weekend's heavy snowstorm, Chicago volunteers with shovels in hand came from across the Windy City to clear snow from sidewalks and streets on the South Side. Many home owners who received free shoveling were senior citizens. Marc Townsend has lived at the corner of Cornell and 79th Street for 25 years,and he'd never seen anything like it.  "I'm still in awe," he said. "I've been outside here for about an hour just wondering, 'what the hell?' this is beautiful."

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"They say Chicago is segregated, but obviously people care about other people in our city," said Jahmal Cole, who mobilized an army of 120 volunteers through his community group, called "My Block, My Hood, My City." Sidewalks were shoveled at more than 50 addresses, proving that even the worst weather sometimes brings out the best in people.