Virginia high school senior Tommy Adams was heading home from the DMV with his mother when he spotted an elderly man shoveling snow and offered to shovel the driveway himself.
Teresa Adams was scared at first when her son asked her to stop the car suddenly.
“Tommy said ‘Mamma stop the car,’” Mrs. Adams said. “I got scared and asked ‘what’s wrong?’”
Tommy replied that an older man with a walker was shoveling snow and that he wanted to help the man. Tommy then approached the old man and asked him for the shovel.
“He looked surprised,” Mrs. Adams said. “I was so proud, I started to cry.”
While Tommy helped the elderly man shovel snow, Mrs. Adams took a picture and later shared it with CBS News.
The man looked relieved and tired, according to Tommy. The young man added that others who saw him shoveling snow should have the “decency” to stop and help.
The snow had apparently piled up in the man’s driveway after a snowplow drove by. It was so deep that it took Tommy 15 minutes to shovel all of it.
Tommy said he never caught the man’s name, but that he was glad to help. He noted that one day he might need the same kind of help.