This time of year, Mother Nature brings snow to many parts of the country. While children often eagerly look forward to snow because of the possibility of a day off from school or the opportunity to get out and enjoy winter activities like sledding and building snow forts and snowmen, it means something entirely different to many adults. For adults, it means dangerous driving conditions and clearing snow from sidewalks and driveways. Whether you use a shovel or a snow blower, there are risks associated with clearing snow, such as hypothermia, slippery pavement, back problems, heart issues, and operation of mechanical equipment. Please keep these tips from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons in mind when you’re removing snow.
In addition, it is important to remember the sometimes forgotten insurance impacts of snow removal. Click here to learn more.
On Monday, January 16, our country honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a man who devoted his life to pursuing equality and serving others.
President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law on November 2, 1983 and it was first celebrated on January 20, 1986. We observe the holiday annually on the third Monday in January, which typically falls near King’s birthday, January 15. To further honor King’s mission and legacy, this holiday evolved into a national day of service under legislation President Bill Clinton signed into law on August 23, 1994.
On thekingcenter.org, King’s wife, Coretta Scott King shared her thoughts on the meaning of the holiday, including the following quote from one of King’s last sermons before his death as he talked about the end of his life. He shared, “I’d like somebody to mention on that day Martin Luther King, Jr. tried to give his life serving others. I want you to say on that day, that I did try in my life…to love and serve humanity.”
If you’re interested in volunteering in your community, you can visit the Corporation for National & Community Service or your local volunteer center/organization to learn more about volunteer opportunities in your area.