Elderly woman shovels snow on sidewalk. Then firefighters pull over and stop her

Elderly woman shovels snow on sidewalk. Then firefighters pull over and stop her

Many have likely heard that Canadians are known for their kindness, but is that just a stereotype? Apparently not, according to this story out of Richmond Hill in Ontario, Canada. Residents of the area had just gotten a big snowfall and were in the process of digging themselves out. One of them in particular, 80-year-old Karen Harding, got a surprise in the process.
Elderly woman shovels snow on sidewalk. Then firefighters pull over and stop her
Harding was just minding her own business when a firetruck pulled up and, in her words, “three or four really nice looking fellows” jumped out of it. As it turns out, the men were on their way back from putting out a fire and had a moment to spare. After seeing Harding struggling to clear her sizable driveway, the men picked up shovels and got to work.
A friendly ambush of strapping firefighters is sort of the quintessential female fantasy, let’s be honest. This time, it was all real—and Harding’s neighbor Sabrina Spizzirri was there to record the whole thing.
The video was posted on Facebook, where it, of course, went viral. While this may seem like a small story, it’s certainly a meaningful one. Winter is tough on everyone which is why it’s more important than ever to offer one another a helping hand whenever possible. Random acts of kindness always have unseen, positive ripple effects and we’re doing all we can to spread that spirit. And on a lighter note, there’s an irresistible irony to a surprise visit by a group of firefighters that can’t help but make you chuckle. You’ll have to watch the video for yourself—trust when we say it’s hard to capture the youth and sassiness of Karen Harding in so few words.
Elderly woman shovels snow on sidewalk. Then firefighters pull over and stop her

As a funny aside, while the news crew tried to get a personal account from the firefighters themselves, they weren’t able to speak to them because the fire department didn’t want to give local Ontario residents the wrong impression.
In so many words, the men said they didn’t want anyone to think that snow clearing was a part of the department’s official duties, though we at Shareably can read between the lines on this one: not everybody is as cute as Karen Harding and there are limits even to Canadian kindness. For her part, Harding plans to go to the fire hall in person to thank the men herself.