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Kids shovel driveway for woman who just lost her husband

WUSA-TV Washington, D.C. logo WUSA-TV Washington, D.C. 2/20/2019 Jess Arnold

How'd you spend your snow day? Two kids in Silver Spring decided to help shovel out a neighbor who recently found herself in need of some extra helping hands.

When you ask why they decided to help, though, they'll say "just for the heck of it."

However, nine-year-old Clara Dixon and 10-year-old Tommy Doherty aren't quite telling the whole story.

They decided to shovel this particular driveway, because their neighbor lost her husband the week before Christmas.

“Oh this is just one good neighborhood. There’s only like 11 houses on the block, just from here to there, but we all know each other and we look out for each other, and they’ve been looking out for me, because my husband passed away in December," said Karen Ray, who has lived in her Woodside Park home since 1976.

Karen got a text Wednesday morning saying not to worry, and the next time she left her house, her driveway was clear.

“It makes me feel very blessed to live on this street and have the neighbors that I have. We all need that. We need people to look out for each other," she said.

The fact that it was kids who decided to help makes even sweeter.

“It’s been instilled by their parents that you reach out and help your neighbors, and they don’t charge me," said Karen, laughing.


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