Al and Peggy's Corner: Pay It Forward - Clear Someone's Snow!

Pay It Forward - Clear Someone's Snow!

Pay It Forward - Clear Someone's Snow!

By now we have all seen that internet joke where the snow is piled so high you can't even tell which car on the road is what.
A guy comes out clears every piece of the white stuff off a car thinking it was his only to find out when he pushes the starter that it wasn't. Ya, its pretty funny unless it happens to you!

Several years ago we were out all day until late.
It was one of those days that began with a light snow that never let up. We dreaded coming home, knowing the mountain of snow our driveway would hold for us, forget how the bottom of the driveway would look courtesy of the street plows. Hungry and tired we knew we had a a good hour worth of labour in the cold ahead of us, only to find as we reach our street that our driveway was totally cleared out. What a wonderful feeling and how happy and thankful we were that we had the most thoughtful neighbour with a snow blower!     

With all the talk on the news and reading the comments here and on Facebook about how much snow certain areas got it reminded us of another great way to Pay It Forward.

man going out to shovel a huge snow drift

If you can, clear out a neighbours driveway or at least help.
Especially if they are elderly folk. All to often we hear of people who suffer from heart attacks because they push themselves too far, just to get the job done.

If you are fortunate enough not to live in an area with snow, maybe there is something else you can help a neighbour with, like taking out their trash or bringing the cans back in!

Pay It Forward - Clear Someone's Snow!



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Comment balloon 17 commentsAl & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers • December 27 2010 09:21PM


What a wonderful idea. Having lived in MA for awhile, I would have loved if someone had paid that forward to me.

Posted by Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County (Broadpoint Properties) almost 8 years ago

What a good citizen. Last year we had so much snow that all the neighbors helped each other out. So far this year we have escaped.

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Al & Peggy, I have used my snowblower to clear the snow for at least 5 neighbors each winter for the last three years. Not one person has came out and said "thank you", but I keep doing it anyway. It makes me feel good.

Posted by Craig Snead, Real Estate Investor (Quality Home Investments, LLC / Dearborn Heights, MI) almost 8 years ago

This is such a great idea, Al and Peggy....considering the fact the we just got pummelled with a ton of snow. Snow blowers, shovels, snow plows, they all work!

Posted by William James Walton Sr., Greater Waterbury Real Estate (WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group) almost 8 years ago

Al and Peggy,

This storm passed us by, but I usually go a couple of neighbors on each side with my snow blower.


Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

It’s a good thing you gave an option to those of us who have no snow. Maybe I can vacuum the sand out of someone’s home. J♪♫♫♪

I hope you had a Merry Christmas with lots of fun and food with family and friends.

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) almost 8 years ago

Hi Al and Peggy - It must have taken Al quite some time to shave that huge beard off after Christmas but he looks nice and clean shaven again.  It's also so nice to see that Peggy has now re-emerged from partially being hidden from Al's beard. ;)

I see both of you are all ready for New Years Day 2011!!!

I'm going to write some posts about snow clearing later this morning.  Watch for them.


Posted by FN LN almost 8 years ago

Clearing out a walk/pathway is a great idea to do for a neighbor.  I remember two years ago I had my tibia and femur replaced (implants) and there was a huge snowstorm.  It would have been nice to have had the pathway to the front door shoveled.  What a great idea!!

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) almost 8 years ago

Good morning Al & Peggy. Yes, I can get out the leaf blower and blow the snow off the drive. Will that help? LOL...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) almost 8 years ago

Al and Peggy, We have a long driveway (about 300') and last year one of the neighboring young men did us a HUGE favor by running the tractor with scoop down the driveway after our last major snowfall.  I'd just spent at least an hour getting one side done when he came by, the finished the rest in a few minutes and wouldn't take any payment.  Boy did I appreciate that help!  Bill

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 almost 8 years ago

I had that happen to me a few years back in a different house. I was out by myself shoveling, was at my wits end when a man pulled in with a plow, motioned me to move, plowed the driveway and took off as I was yelling at him to stop. He just waved... it was great! I have no idea who it was to this day.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 8 years ago

Every winter someone writes a letter to the editor of Erie Times to thank a nameless Good Samaritan who shoveled, plowed or pushed them out of a snow drift.  It makes me feel good when I read stories of gratitude.

Be safe & warm.

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Love this post!  We have an elderly widow next door, and we always try to keep her sidewalk clear, even if we don't have the time to also do our own.  I just wish I could figure out who is plowing the sidewalks in our neighborhood at odd hours so we could extend our appreciation...he's so stealthy that we have no idea who this "snow elf" could be!

Posted by Rhonda Abbott, Wadsworth & Greater Akron, OH (Howard Hanna) almost 8 years ago

Hey kids, We have a lot of people here that could use that help. I was cleaning out the mailbox and the bottom of the driveway yesterday, and one of the neighbors, who had attended our Christmas Luncheon came down with his snow blower and cleaned it out so that the 'Old Man' didn't need to shovel. I just don't know which 'Old Man' he was helping as I was the only one there.

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) almost 8 years ago

Melissa it was a godsend that night when we got home and we have never forgotten it! 

Glad you are escaping Ellie, but it is heart warming when all the neighbours pull together!

Oh, we are very surprised Craig. But yes, how it makes YOU feel is worth it just the same.

Sorry to hear you got pummelled William, we were watching the news, we are also thankful it hasn't happened here!!

See Rich, that's the spirit!!

Ah yes! The sand Jim!! Ahhhhh.......

Yes Marc it took Santa Al hourrrrrrsssss to shave! LOL! Ok will check out those snow removal blogs, because unfortunately we think we will need the advice ;( 

Sometimes people just don't think Carla, but it is nice when they do especially if a neighbour has had surgery, is sick or is away.

LOL! Ha, never thought of using that in a pinch Michael.

When you see those trucks coming aren't they a beautiful sight Bill when they aim them at YOUR driveway?

Now that is truly paying it forward Andrea. That guy was a blessing!

Isn't that a sweet way to say thank you Mary? You stay safe and warm also.

Oh Rhonda, isn't that something?  A snow elf? What a great person!

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

This is such a great idea.  My husband always helps our neighbors on both sides with their driveways each snowstorm. 

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) almost 8 years ago

Funny you should mention this... I was driving home and a neighbour was stuck in her driveway trying to drive through the snow plow drift.  After trying unsuccessfully to push her out, I drove home and walked my snowblower to her home (a good 200 yards down the road) and plowed out the drift... my good deed for the day =)

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 8 years ago