This Boston politician is offering kids ice cream to shovel out fire hydrants

Boston City Councilor Matt O'Malley speaks during a meeting at City Hall in Boston onWednesday, Jan. 13, 2016.
Boston City Councilor Matt O'Malley. –Elise Amendola / Associated Press

Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley is offering a sweet reward to entice local kids to help clear snow off of fire hydrants.

O’Malley tweeted that he will send $5 gift cards to Jamaica Plain-based ice cream shop J.P. Licks to children who help shovel out fire hydrants. The campaign, dubbed #HydrantChallenge, first began two years ago, during the snowiest winter in the city’s history.

How can you (and your kid) participate? Take before and after photos of your child shoveling a hydrant and submit the pictures to O’Malley’s website. Then your child can claim a gift card.


O’Malley’s District 6 comprises West Roxbury, parts of Roslindale and Roxbury, the Back of the Hill, and Jamaica Plain – the neighborhood that’s home to the original J.P. Licks. The ice creamery has three other shops in Boston, as well as locations in Brookline, Somerville, Cambridge, Chestnut Hill, Dedham, Wellesley, Newton, and Lynnfield.

Bostonians have already taken to Twitter to show off their kids’ shoveling skills – or lack thereof. Newton City Councilor Scott F. Lennon decided to join in on the fun too, tweeting that he’d give out $5 gift cards for Cabot’s Ice Cream to young shovelers.