Having your car break down is one of the quickest ways to ruin your day. But having your car break down when you can’t afford a tow truck? Well, that’s a quick way to ruin your entire week.
But three Ontario teens are now going viral for helping a woman who was stranded on the side of the road.
The friends were out for a late-night doughnut run at Tim Horton’s when they saw the car with smoke pouring out of the hood.
Aeron McQuillen, 18, Bailey Campbell, 17, and Billy Tarbett, 15, threw their plans to the wind and stopped to help.
They even figured out what was wrong with the car.
Engine coolant and oil had leaked, mixing and rendering the car unsafe. The only option was to get it out of there without driving it.
The woman told them she didn’t have the money to call a tow truck and she lived five miles away. To her amazement, the teens decided to help her anyway.
A bystander named Dan Morrison saw the whole thing and was so impressed, he decided to make a Facebook post to give the teens the praise they deserved.
“Last night I am driving home from work when I see someone stranded in the middle of an intersection with their car smoking,” wrote Morrison. “I have been there, and it really sucks. So, I slow down, ask if they are alright. This poor lady got this car 6 weeks ago, and it now looks like needs a new engine. So, a group of 3 teenagers now stop. Look over the car and help push it into a nearby lot. The owner of the car does not know what to do. She cannot afford a tow, and can’t leave the car there. I then hear ‘you boys ready for a push?’”
The teens pushed the car all the way to the woman’s house, facing plenty of obstacles along the way.
They had to make their way over an enormous hill and deal with the battery dying partway through the trek. But the boys took it all in good stride, keeping hydrated with bottles of water and playing music on a speaker to turn the fiasco into a party.
“They couldn’t leave this lady stranded, so these young men pushed a stranger’s car……….9km,” wrote Morrison. “Please share the crap out of this so these young men can get the props they deserve. Well done Billy, Bailey, and Aeron.”
Morrison also played his part, driving behind them with his hazard lights on to give them some visibility on the dark road, as well as keep them safe from oncoming traffic.
They managed to get the car back to the woman’s house, even though the journey lasted two and a half hours. She couldn’t believe they had taken the time and spent the effort to help her. Although they didn’t know her full name, the boys hugged her and told her they were glad to help.
Morrison posted several pictures on Facebook, hoping to stir up some gratefulness for the boys in their local community.
Instead, the images went viral, with people sending thanks across the globe.
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