It’s the middle of winter, and by now most of us are just counting down the days until spring arrives. Winter can be exhausting—especially when you’re hit with regular snowstorms and have to go out and shovel.
Shoveling snow is an inconvenience for everybody, but it’s especially difficult when you’re 95 years old.
That was the case for 95-year-old Ann Churchill, when Grand Rapids, Michigan was recently hit with snow. While she usually gets help from her neighbor to clear her sidewalk, the neighbor was blocked in her own driveway and unable to get to Churchill.
So, despite her age, Churchill decided to take matters into her own hands and headed out to tackle the snow.
“I just thought, well, I’ll go out there and work on the front a little bit,” she told WXMI.
“Instead, I had help.”
Just as Churchill was heading out into the cold, she noticed a car had stopped in front of her house. She thought the car was just stopping at a stop sign, but soon realized it was stopping for her.
“I glanced over and realized it was a police car,” she recalled. “The man got out and he walked up to me.”
“And in no time at all, he’s got the shovel and he’s shoveling my driveway.”
Sgt. Jim Wojczynski from the Grand Rapids Police Department stepped up and offered to handle the heavy task for the determined senior. Not a typical job for a police officer on duty, but it’s part of his job to serve the community when they’re in need.
Apparently, other officers caught Sgt. Wojczynski in the act, and wanted in on the random act of kindness.
“Another car comes along and pulls in behind him, and it’s another police car,” Churchill recalled. “And they put the window down and they said ‘what are you doing?’ and he says ‘I’m getting some exercise.'”
“All three of them are shoveling my driveway,” she said.
“I think it’s the funniest thing that’s ever happened to me, so I’m out there laughing.”
The officers were out there for 45 minutes, and cleared Churchill’s driveway and sidewalk, saving the Churchill from some strenuous work.
The Grand Rapids Police Department shared the story on their Facebook page, giving the officers credit for their generosity.
“Thank you to all those silent Samaritans in Grand Rapids who go out of their way for others today and everyday … especially our older generation during these cold winter months,” they wrote.
But no one appreciated the gesture more than Churchill, who hung a photo of the officers on her refrigerator. She says that with everything going on in the world today, it was a nice reminder that there are still good people out there.
“All three of them were extremely polite, extremely kind, extremely caring.”