As the snow piled up, so did good deeds

Not only did the snow storm bring out the plows and heavy coats, but it also brought out the best in some neighbors.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) –  Not only did the snow storm bring out the plows and heavy coats, but it also brought out the best in some neighbors.

Social media has been filled with people either asking if they could help someone shovel, or people sharing stories of acts of kindness, all over Southern New England.

Seth Cahoon of East Providence posted on Facebook offering to snow blow for elderly or disabled neighbors. In return, all he asked for was a smile, or some cookies.

“I’ve got the machines and the wherewithal, so why not do it?” said Cahoon Thursday night.

One of his neighbors, Sandy Petersen, told ABC 6 that she lives alone and it was a huge help to have him snow blow her driveway.

“I was actually out front shoveling and then all of the sudden I heard his voice and I turned around and he says ‘Go back in the house! I’ll take care of you!’ said Petersen.

She gifted him a plate of cookies.

Cahoon said he also helped a few other neighbors, one of whom suffers from muscular dystrophy.

“We’re all in this together. It’s New England and it’s winter and after this past year, whatever help I can offer is worthwhile,” said Cahoon.

Further west in the state in Coventry, Darrell Beauchamp says he was struggling to clear his driveway when a stranger came to help him out.

“Apparently he probably saw me struggling,” said Beauchamp.

Beauchamp said he was desperately trying to clear his large driveway so a nurse could get in to visit his sister-in-law, who just had surgery.

He said it was especially difficult because he was a smoker for almost 50 years.

“It was hard to breathe, hard to get along, and he probably noticed that as he was driving by,” said Beauchamp.

A plow driver stopped and plowed one clean line down Beauchamp’s driveway on Reservoir Road, and then was gone just as quickly. He said it saved him hours of hard work.

“I don’t think I would have gotten it done to have the nurse come in. So super grateful,” said Beauchamp. “Whoever you are, thank you very much!”

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