A 10-year-old boy was shoveling driveways in Westerly, Rhode Island which is not odd at this time of the year, but the boy was helping clear driveways for his neighbors as an act of kindness.
Christian Stone was clearing his neighbor’s driveways free of charge but that’s nothing new for this kind boy who has helped out healthcare workers in the past clear off their cars when they left work.
He got help from a family friend, Abbey Meeker, 29, who liked his plan of helping clear healthcare workers cars who would be too tired to do it after their shifts. “Christian wanted to do something good for nurses about a month ago when it stormed, and he said next time it snowed, he wanted to clean cars off for nurses because of COVID,” Meeker told WJAR-TV. “I told him I would come with him.”
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“I was just thinking, like, they help us a lot — they’ve been helping us a lot through this whole pandemic, and I figured why don’t we help them, you know?” Stone explained. “All day, every day the nurses here, they deal with the pandemic like COVID and they want to get home from work, so we thought we would make it a tiny bit easier for them by cleaning off their cars for them.”
On Feb 1, they went to the Westerly Hospital during a shift change to help out the hospital workers who had to drive home in the snow. “We kind of made it a game,” Meeker said. When a worker would use their remote to unlock or start their car, the two would run to clear it off in record time.”
“It was bitterly cold work, though, and Meeker admitted if it hadn’t been for Christian, she might have bailed earlier. If I had to do it by myself, I definitely would not have done it,” Meeker said. “But I knew how much it meant to Christian so I sucked it up. Christian is wise beyond his years. He’s my little partner in crime. It’s been cold but extremely fun seeing how happy they get,” Stone added. “Some of them say, like, ‘Thank you so much’ and, you know, it’s just really happy to see them happy.”
The two of them cleared dozens of cars and refused to take money from people who wanted to pay them but only accepted $20 from two nurses who insisted they’d be angry if they didn’t take the money. “We came here around 2 o’clock, we cleaned off the first shift cars and the nurses came out,” Meeker said. “They thanked us. Honestly, we’ve probably done at least 80 cars. So we probably did … 20 here, 30 there, and another 20 until we called it quits.”
Stone is now planning some more future acts of kindness, “I feel like, that I’ve I actually like helped someone out and that’s like a really good feeling, like when you know you helped, like someone’s been helped out,” he said. “We want them to be able go home … see their family after a long day of work, you know?”