A couple in Texas who were total strangers to a delivery driver offered her a gesture of kindness. When she got stranded in the midst of the winter storm, they gave her shelter to keep her warm for five days.
Stranded delivery driver
Chelsea Timmons was onto her last parcel of delivery on her list. Although the snow was getting heavier by the second, she was determined to finish her job.
But, the road went frigid and slippery. Her car uncontrollably slid down towards her customer’s yard.
She recalled, “I was going down very slowly, remembering to tap my brake. I tapped more aggressively, and it just still kept sliding. My heart just dropped as I just slid right towards their house, and I just closed my eyes.”
Fortunately, the car did not crash into the house. However, it got stuck in her customer’s flower bed.
The customers, Doug Condon and Nina Richardson, helped move Chelsea’s car but to no avail. They contacted a tow truck service, but the snow deterred them from coming.
A family for five days
So, they decided to take in Chelsea and made her a guest until the storm dissipated. She stayed with them for five days.
When asked about their decision, Nina said, “It’s just what you do when stuff shows up.”
Doug added, “We have daughters, and we hope if they were ever in a situation like this, that there would be someone who would open their house and help them.”
Chelsea was grateful for the couple’s kindness. She said, “I’m just extremely fortunate that this is where my car crashed. It was in their flower bed. It wasn’t in a ditch, and it wasn’t on the side of the road. I was stuck someplace safe and warm.”
Later, she realized that getting to stay out of her apartment was good news after all. “I found out my apartment lost water, lost power, so being ‘stuck here’ actually turned out to be a better situation. Most of my family lost electricity for several days.”