Dinell Smith, her daughter Brianna Stuckey and their home health nurses do not travel far on days it snows. Stuckey, 23, has cerebral palsy and her wheelchair can be hard to navigate in snow.
When Smith heard a noise outside her window on Wednesday morning, she approached with caution.
“I just was unsure what was going on exactly,” Smith said.
Two men were working to clear the family’s driveway, which Smith jokes is the longest and steepest in town.
“They say Kansas is flat, no, look at my driveway and you’ll know it’s not flat,” Smith said.
Twice, Smith tried to pay the helpers for their efforts, even bargaining and offering just to pay for their gas after they politely refused. One of the men told Smith someone else paid for her driveway to be cleared, but they wanted to remain anonymous.
“It was a huge feat and very, very appreciated. It’s one of those things that make it nice to live in Derby because you always hear of little good things happening here and there and you just never know when they’re going to come at you I guess.” Smith said.
Smith spent part of the day following a couple leads she had, but everyone denied the anonymous giver was them. She says if she finds out who it was, she will pay it forward by buying them dinner.
“Whoever you are, thank you. You’re loved more than you know,” Smith said.