10-year-old boy clears snow off cars for hospital workers in Rhode Island
[Feb. 4, 2021: Nelson Oliveira - NY Daily News]
You’re never too young to pay it forward.
A 10-year-old boy decided to thank the front-line heroes battling the relentless coronavirus pandemic by clearing snow off their cars outside a Rhode Island hospital this week.
“I was thinking they’ve been helping us a lot through this whole pandemic, and I figured why don’t we help them, you know?” Christian Stone told a local news station from the parking lot at Westerly Hospital.
“All day, every day the nurses here, they deal with the pandemic like COVID and they want to get home from work, so we thought we would make it a tiny bit easier for them by cleaning off their cars for them,” he said.
The child joined his mother’s friend Abbey Meeker in the bitter cold and cleaned off dozens of vehicles across the hospital’s parking lot as Monday’s massive winter storm slammed the Northeast.
The woman said it was the boy who came up with the idea after the last storm.
“Christian wanted to do something good for nurses about a month ago when it stormed,” Meeker told NBC affiliate WJAR. “And he said next time it snowed, he wanted to clean cars off for nurses because of COVID. I told him I would come with him.”
The nonprofit hospital is part of the Yale New Haven Health System and sits right across the southwest border with Connecticut.
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Christian said the nurses and other workers who came out to find the surprise and free car-cleaning service were really grateful.
“It’s been cold but extremely fun seeing how happy they get,” he told WJAR.
“Some of them say, ‘Thank you so much,’ and I’m just really happy to see them happy... We want them to be able go home and see their family after a long day of work.”