Lengthy Island Man Gives To Shovel Snow, Receives Overwhelming Response From Neighborhood Since Pandemic Layoff – CBS New York
MALVERNE, NY (CBSNewYork) A Long Island husband and soon-to-be father turned to social media looking for work plowing driveways or shoveling sidewalks after he was fired.
It promised an honest working day and as Jennifer McLogan from CBS2 reported, the response was overwhelming.
Brian Saphire never expected much this Christmas.
“I’m a stage worker at Local 4, and when the pandemic broke out in March we were all laid off,” said Saphire.
“Vacation around the corner, I went out on a branch … you know what, snow is coming,” he said.
Saphire swallowed his pride and placed an ad on the “I Love Malverne” social media page offering salt, sand, shovel, clear cars, or driveways and sidewalks in the community.
90-year-old Virginia Lein took the chance.
“I’m very proud of him because he works very hard,” said Lein. “I lived in Malverne for 61 years. I love Malverne. We all help each other. “
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Saphire and his wife had to leave their home in Babylon without work and without being able to pay the rent, but doors immediately opened in Malverne.
“My mother-in-law, who welcomed us with open arms,” said Saphire.
He and his wife are expected to have their first child in March.
“Can’t come early enough. We have a little girl. I am overjoyed, ”he said.
In the meantime, there are tons of news about snow removal. Brian can’t keep up. He has recruited two stagehands union colleagues who have also been fired to share the work.
“The amount of people who trust me to come to their home and dig for them … I have nothing to say except ‘thank you’,” he said. “I wish I could reach anyone who wanted me to come out. They come from all over Long Island. “
With 70+ offers, Brian said this storm had become an unexpected burst of joy that will make a real difference.