A Helping Hand From An Unlikely Source During Storm Jonas
Extreme weather can be a great leveller, and when Storm Jonas hit, one man has proven that help can come in the most unlikely of places.
The blizzard hit at the weekend, overwhelming much of the East Coast in snow and ice, and several drivers found themselves stuck at the Midlothian Turnpike in Virginia. Coming to their rescue was Curtis, a homeless man who had been taking shelter between two nearby buildings. Upon seeing the vehicles struggling, Curtis selflessly offered his assistance by helping the drivers push their vehicles out of the situation.
“I saw them getting stuck so I went to help them out,” explained Curtis, “because at times, people help me out… One hand washes the other one.”
Around seven cars were on the receiving end of Curtis’ kindness, none of whom were made aware of his housing situation. When the local media heard of the incredible act of kindness, they supplied him with coffee and a hot meal, as well as donating money that he could use to get to a shelter during the brutally cold period.
Although many would view Curtis’ actions as especially poignant given his circumstances, the Good Samaritan didn't see anything noteworthy in what he had done, as he humbly describes “It’s just the right thing to do, you know. I’m a kind person- see them stuck, might as well help them… No need to walk on by and see them stuck like that.”
Watch the video to hear more about Curtis’ story
HOMELESS MAN HELPS STRANDED DRIVERSWe saw many good Samaritans today helping stranded drivers on Midlothian Turnpike. But Curtis has a special place in my heart. He's in the first clip wearing the neon hat. We started talking to him where he told me he's actually HOMELESS and was staying between two buildings. When he saw drivers who were stuck, he would come over to help. AND he flagged down the tow truck to help these stranded drivers.He says many people said thank you but had no idea he doesn't have a home. GOD BLESS YOU Curtis.(PS...we gave him some coffee, warm food and some money so he could make his way to the shelter. I told him over and over again to make sure he heads that way before nightfall).*****EDIT******PPS...So many of you have asked to help and I'm touched by your kindness. But unfortunately I didn't exchange information with Curtis. I was distracted by the snowy conditions and just getting him something warm to eat...I didn't get his information. But if I see him again I'll do a follow up. #RVAsnow #GoodSamaritan #positivenewsstoryPosted by Ashley Monfort NBC12 on Saturday, 23 January 2016