December 29, 2008

KREM 2's Big Dig Helps the Inland Northwest Get Moving Again!

More than 100 Residents Shoveled Out with Volunteer Effort

Spokane, WA (12/22/08) Volunteers and KREM 2 staff members braved the 5-degree weather on Saturday, December 20 to help more than 100 residents dig out from the snow blocking their walkways and driveways in KREM 2's Big Dig.

The winter storm that hit the Spokane area starting on Wednesday, December 17 dumped more than 19 inches of snow in a 24-hour period ending on Thursday, December 18.

KREM 2 got the word out for Big Dig volunteers at five locations: Bi-Mart in Cheney and Deer Park, Runge Furniture in Coeur d'Alene, and Ace Hardware Stores in South Hill and Spokane Valley. KREM 2 Meteorologist Tom Sherry and anchors Nadine Woodward and Randy Shaw welcomed volunteers at several locations.

Volunteers and KREM 2 staff armed with shovels, snow blowers and plows fanned out from each location to remove snow from the homes of people who called the station to say they couldn't get out, primarily elderly and disabled.

"KREM 2 was pleased to be able to help so many people during such a difficult time," said Jamie Aitken, KREM 2 president and general manager. "Big Dig volunteers donated their time and resources in tough conditions to help people they didn't know. At the same time, other Big Dig volunteers spent their day and weekend digging out folks in their own neighborhoods throughout the region. All of these wonderful volunteers are Big Dig Heroes."