“I try to do good for the elderly because one day I may need help too.”
Virginia high school senior Tommy Adams, who was driving home from the DMV with his mother Teresa when they drove past an older man who was trying to shovel snow from his driveway. The man was using a walker to get around. He asked his mother to stop the car, saying, “There’s an older man with a walker shoveling snow — I’ll help him out,” she added.
Tommy approached the man and asked him for the snow shovel. “He looked surprised,” Teresa Adams said. “I was so proud, I started to cry.”
Teresa snapped a photo of her son’s good deed. That photo was later shared on the WTVR Facebook page.
“He was relieved; he looked tired,” Tommy said. “I told him to get back into his car because it was cold. Other people who saw him in the snow should have had the decency to stop.”
Tommy said it appeared a plow had driven by and built up the snow on the man’s driveway. He said the snow was deep and it took him more than 15 minutes to clear the driveway for the man.
“He said ‘God bless you, the world needs more people like you,'” Tommy said.
Tommy said he did not catch the man’s name at the time, but he was glad he was there to help. “I try to do good for the elderly because one day I may need help too,” Tommy said.
The man, Clarence Coleman, later praised his young helper, saying of Tommy and his mother: ‘They are good people. The good Lord can bless them and they will have good luck as long as they live.”
People took to Twitter to praise the teenager for his good deed. One said: “We always hear about the bad, but not enough about the good. WTG Tommy Adams!”