Today My Husband Shoveled Our Neighbors’ Driveways, Because It Costs Nothing To Be Kind

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“You don’t need to have a lot of money to be a good person and help others.

In fact, from my experience, it seems that genuinely good people help out somehow, even when they are in need.

My husband is a genuinely good guy.

He has his faults, as we all do; but he’s always had a huge heart. It’s my favorite quality of his.

Every time it snows in our area, my husband makes sure that he shovels our next-door neighbor’s house and the house next to theirs.

He doesn’t even ask, he just does it.

He knows they are older and it’s difficult for them to shovel the heavy snow as he can.

He doesn’t do it for recognition. He doesn’t do it for money. He just does it because he is a good human.

Roughly one month ago, he helped save a worker at Walgreen’s when a thief had physically harmed her.

He held the man against the wall until the police came to take over.

Again, he didn’t do it for recognition.

He didn’t do it to be a hero or for money.

He did it because it was the right thing to do at that moment.

My husband is a very low-profile guy.

He works hard.

Loves his family.

Lives with conviction.

He is a protector by nature.

It’s in his design.

We aren’t rich.

We live on the edge of comfortable.

But money doesn’t make you a good person.

It’s the little things that count the most.

My husband is a good human.

Our boys see how selfless he is, and I hope they follow in his footsteps.

If we want to raise good humans, we need to show them how to be one first.

I try to show my boys how to be good humans by volunteering and showing up for others.

I’m the fundraising representative for my older son’s PTA.

I’m one of three children’s events chairperson’s for our neighborhood/community.

My husband and I often create opportunities to show our children how to help and be kind.

When my older son’s best friend in pre-k broke her leg, he immediately made her a card, and we put together a sweet package of her get well activities for her to do while she was healing.

When my husband brings home the groceries, my younger son often rushes to the door to help his daddy bring them into the kitchen.

When you truly value another human being, you give them the most priceless asset you have: time.

My husband embodies selflessness and he is a time giver.

Money means nothing in the grand scheme of things.

Giving time and compassion are what makes us good humans.

I think my boys are headed in that direction.

Thanks to the examples they’re able to model.”

man outside shoveling snow
Courtesy of Holly Dignen

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