Strangers Carry 6-Year-Old Boy in Wheelchair for Half a Mile After He Gets Stuck in Snow

April 4, 2019 Updated: April 9, 2019

A mom was taking her young son home in a wheelchair when the snow prevented them from going forward. At that moment, two men came by to offer their muscles.

On Nov. 2, 2018, Shannon Ranger, of Edmonton, Canada, was bringing her 6-year-old son, Matthew, who has spina bifida, home from school.

However, Matthew’s wheelchair kept getting stuck in the snow.

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“My kids and I had brought some shovels ourselves, but not knowing how bad it was, [the snow] kinda took over us,” she told CBS News. “I tried to call a cab but the taxi company said it would be a 25 minute wait.”

Just when she was wondering what to do, a man from a nearby house came over with a shovel and started shoveling the snow to create a path on the sidewalk.

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While the man was shoveling the snow, another man came over and had a better idea—pick up the wheelchair with Matthew in it and carry him home. The distance to Ranger’s home was 1 kilometer (approx. 0.6 miles) away.

“I had never experienced anything like that before,” Shannon told Global News.

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“The fact the people even noticed us blew me away. I was very appreciative and I don’t even know how to begin to thank them for what they’ve done.”

She explained to CBS News that when she experienced similar problems in the past, no one stepped in to help.

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“This is a once-in-a-lifetime thing for sure,” she said. “I’ve had issues where an elevator is broken down at a train station and I’ve needed to take stairs and actually had to carry him and the chair. People just walk past us.

“It was very amazing to see such kindness.”

I wanted to share some positivity. Today the weather was bad and the snow was thick and wet! I was struggling to say…

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Shannon later shared the story on her Facebook page to praise the men.

“They really showed me that good people are out there!” she wrote. “And I couldn’t be more thankful today!! Good things will for sure come their way!”

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