Friday, January 13, 2012

Day 13: Helped a Senior Citizen Shovel Snow

It finally happened. After weeks of great weather, the inevitable finally happened. Chicago finally got blasted with a snow storm. It wasn't Snowmageddon 2011 proportions, but we did get enough that cars and walkways were covered. The snow, for as much hassle as it brings, allowed me to do my first true random act. After I dropped my wife off at work, I was on my way to taking my daughter to the nanny. I saw an older gentleman struggling with clearing his walkway and the sidewalk in front of his house. I decided at that time that helping him was going to be today's random act. He was a very proud man, and at first declined any help. However, I hung out for a little while and asked him if I could maybe tag in for a few minutes. He finally decided to yield control of the shovel over to me and I finished up his walkway. He said to me, "Thank you, more people should help like you." I don't include that to pat my own back, but to put it out there that if you know of a senior citizen that might need some help clearing their snow or something of that nature, try to lend a hand if you have a few minutes.

4 comments:

  1. tag in... hahahahhaa. love it! you are the best!

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  2. Last week I was on my way home from work and passed an elderly lady with a cane taking out her garbage. I thought about your blog, drove around the block and stopped to help her bring out the rest of her cans and chatted a little bit with her. She was so grateful and so happy for the conversation! Been trying to keep up and doing a random kind act each day...missed a couple days, though...but you are inspiring lots of good. :)

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  3. Awesome inspiration!! How bout collecting old cell phones, giving food to the food pantry, give one day to an animal shelter, shovel your neighbor's walk and drive, clean out your closet and donate to a local charity organization.

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  4. Just found your blog/goal (awesome), and I don't know if you'll see this since it's an older post. I had a couple young guys help me shovel out my car early this year. I don't know if they were hoping for money, but they didn't ask for any. I'm not a senior citizen, but it was still VERY appreciated since I was running late. I won't forget. Thanks for helping this man.

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