It was a cold, snowy weekend for Colorado residents who received more than their fair share of snow between Saturday and Sunday. Many businesses remained closed, and families hunkered down inside their warm homes. But when residents in the town of Centennial, just south of Denver, woke up Sunday morning, they were left in complete disbelief and didn’t know what to think.
According to KUSA in Denver, homeowners on South Olive Way were all spared the hassle of having to shovel heaps of snow from the sidewalk and driveway, but it wasn’t just one resident being neighborly by helping out the house or two next door — it was a total of about 50 homes and the good Samaritans were a pack of teens, who also left a simple note behind at each person’s door.
“My daughter came and woke us up and said, ‘look outside,'” Darcy Peterson told the affiliate. “I mean, I can’t believe it. I cannot believe it.”
Peterson and other Centennial residents found a flyer attached to their door which said, “You’ve been served.” Although that sentiment typically has a negative connotation, this time it was to be taken literally. The six Christian teens had effectively paid it forward on a freezing cold Sunday morning, waking bright and early at 6:30 a.m. to do it.
“We wanted to get out before anyone woke up,” said one servant shoveler, Nick Mirabella. “We just felt it was a really good idea to serve the whole neighborhood.”
Impressed and grateful residents tried to offer the kids cash for their service, which the boys politely declined. However, when offered hot chocolate, they couldn’t resist.
“You just don’t see that in this day and age,” said Jeff Mostellar. “They did everything. The whole driveway, the stoop, the whole sidewalk up to the fence.”
Their efforts are refreshing to see in an entitlement era among most teens in this country, looking for unearned handouts and accolades. These teens could have slept in until past noon on their day off and woken up with a bad attitude, but instead they got up before dawn with determination to serve their neighbors.