Cranston West/East pledge snow shoveling help for seniors

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — When a serious accumulation of snow arrives in Cranston this winter, students from Cranston High School West and Cranston High School East will be tackling the driveways and sidewalks of the city’s seniors who need help.

Cranston West and East students are joining the city’s mayor, Allan Fung, the school superintendent Jeannine Nota-Masse, and the executive director of the city’s Senior Enrichment Center, Sue Stenhouse, in announcing this year’s program at a news conference Tuesday afternoon at the center.

To qualify for assistance, a Cranston resident must be age 55 or older, and fulfilling one of the following categories: on a fixed income; receiving state or federal assistance (such as SNAP, heating assistance, or Medicaid); receiving no family assistance; has a debilitating health condition (such as heart disease, or requiring kidney dialysis treatments, chemotherapy, or oxygen), or is on the Special Needs Emergency Registry.

The program is part of the Cranston Students Helping Seniors Initiative, sponsored by the mayor.

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