Shane McDaniel and his twin sons Henry and Harrison fall into that category of do-gooder. Shane spent a lot of time harvesting firewood with his father when he was a child and was eager for his 21-year-old boys to help him continue the tradition.
The family, who lives in Lake Stevens, Washington, had a lot of work to do after a heavy storm.
Shane explained: “I had a lot of wood that I had to cut because of storm damage and trees that were taken down. It just kept piling up and piling up. Once it got to be such an amount of wood we decided we could do something better with it.”
They thought together and agreed on a solution that would not only clear the wood, but also help a deal of other people at the same time.
McDaniel told PEOPLE Magazine: “The Pacific Northwest is a pretty rugged area, it’s cold and wet. Once I started, I saw the need and my eyes were opened up. So many people were stopping and asking to buy it and we just started giving it away.”
In total, the project ran from March to October 2018. During that time, Shane, Henry, and Harrison cut enough firewood to fill 80 trucks.
Shane took to Facebook to issue a plea for collection. That’s right… they had more firewood than they knew what to do with.
Unsurprisingly, Shane’s post garnered a lot of attention. Most people were impressed by the family’s generosity and some even volunteered to help distribute the firewood to people who couldn’t collect it.
“It’s pretty a wonderful thing to see. You can just see this feeling of pride and sharing that I don’t think they had before,” Shane said.
“If you do something good for people, they don’t forget. I love helping people.”
What a way to help the community and what a way to show compassion as a family! Shane, Henry, and Harrison, we salute you!