Father and Sons Help Man in Wheelchair Shovel Snow

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Daniel Medina was driving home with his two sons, age 10 and 6, on Sunday night. As is quite common this time of year in their hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the roads and sidewalks were covered with fresh snow, but what the three did on their way home is not quite as common.

During the ride home, Medina says his two boys, Daniel Jr. and Dominic, spotted a man in a wheelchair shoveling snow from his sidewalk. The boys asked their father if they could stop and help the man shovel his sidewalk, and Medina obliged.

Anyone who has ever shoveled before knows that even with two good legs, it’s not always the easiest thing to do, especially if the surface is slippery from the ice. Shoveling in a wheelchair makes the task all the more challenging, making the boys’ gesture all the more meaningful.

“I never thought they want to get out and shovel, especially a big corner lot,” Medina said. But his boys managed to surprise him.

The man was happy to have the help, especially from a pair of kids whose own father never could have predicted would insist on helping someone to shovel. “He was telling us he had his leg amputated recently,” Medina said. “That’s why he was in a wheelchair.”

Afterwards, Medina shared a picture of his two boys helping shovel on Facebook. “Proud dad moment we’re driving down s60th st near Morgan and my two sons aged 10 and 6 asked me to pull over because they just seen a guy in a wheel chair trying to shovel his corner lot and they wanted to help,” he wrote.

As of Wednesday morning, the post has been shared more than 1,800 times. It was also shared on the Love What Matters Facebook page, where it has been shared more than 7,000 times.

“It just felt really great, especially all the the responses on Facebook,” Medina said. “I let the kids read (the comments) this morning, they were so excited.”