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“Stop the car!” — Teen pays it forward by shoveling snow for man with walker

Posted at 11:33 AM, Feb 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-19 11:33:35-05

NOTTOWAY COUNTY, Va. -- A high school senior in Nottoway County, Va. is making national headlines for paying it forward to an elderly man in need.

Tommy and his mother Teresa Adams were recently driving home from the DMV when they passed an older man trying to shovel snow from his driveway, according to WTVR.

"Tommy said 'Mama stop the car,'" Teresa told WTVR.  "I got scared and asked 'what's wrong?'"

Tommy told her, "There's an older man with a walker shoveling snow, I'll help him out."

When the teen approached the man and asked him if he could help him shovel, it brought tears to his mother's eyes.

"He looked surprised," Teresa said. "I was so proud, I started to cry."

Adams took a photo of her son shoveling and shared it on Facebook.  It has since been shared around the country.

"He was relieved, he looked tired," Tommy said of the man who he helped.  "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."

"He said 'God bless you, the world needs more people like you," Tommy added.

Tommy said it took about 15 minutes to clear the driveway.