Despite the fact that he was homeless, unemployed and without a car, Stephen Madelon headed out the door with a shovel in the early morning hours as over a foot of snow blanketed his community recently.
It’s traditional for snow shovelers – usually neighborhood kids – to ring doorbells and to ask for a small fee in exchange for letting the homeowner stay inside and rest while their property is cleared of the heavy white stuff. Payments of $25 or more are not unheard of.
Madelon could have potentially earned hundreds of dollars for his hard work in the frigid weather.
He didn’t make a dime.
That was his own choice. Madelon walked around town shoveling out homes for free, as an act of goodwill towards his neighbors. When people offered to pay, he declined, humbly telling them that he expected nothing.
Soon, word spread about his generosity, hard work, and selfless actions. People began to pay Madelon back in ways greater than he could ever imagine. Job offers and donations poured in, new furniture, food, and even a car were provided.
He expected nothing, but got everything.
Madelon is grateful for the support that’s been sent his way, and how it has made his life and that of his family a little easier. He is also paying it forward, using his few minutes of local fame to raise awareness of others in his community that are less fortunate than him.
Bravo, Mr. Madelon, you are a perfect example of what it means to be a blessing to others, to put your heart in the right place and to make an impact as you journey along the road home.