Urban Lumberjacks Spend Months Chopping Wood In Neighborhood
Marilyn Caylor 12/31/2018
It's not unusual for fathers and sons to team up and do odd jobs around town together. But, Shane McDonald and his twins, Henry and Harry, aren't just your everyday father and son team. These urban lumberjacks gather round and chop up pieces of wood in their neighborhood until there's a pile that's big enough to fill about 80 pickup trucks.
These hardy men didn't spending the last few months getting calluses on their hands just because they like wielding axes. Shane and his sons are on a mission, and there's one very simple reason why they collected about $10,000 worth of firewood.
While much of the nation has electricity or gas to keep people warm during the winter months, some folks can't afford the high costs, and rely on firewood to keep from getting cold. Shane, Henry, and Harry chopped up as much wood as they could to give away to people in need.
On his Facebook page, dad Shane posted a very heartwarming message:
"If you know someone who BURNS WOOD, and their looking at a cold house this holiday season; maybe someone elderly or with small children in the house...then please help us help them. My boys and I have cut & split nearly 40 cords of firewood this summer. It is seasoned and ready to warm homes where it is truly needed. It is more firewood than most people have ever seen, as I’m sure anyone who has driven past my house has noticed. The Norms crew is standing by ready to help stack and deliver."
The fit 47-year-old went on to say that the wood they chopped is not for sale at any price. Although Shane is always getting a lot of offers, he only wants this fuel to find its way to people who can't afford to pay for heat.
Several people reached out after Shane's sweet message, "No one goes cold in our hood this holiday season" hit social media and spread around the world. The single father of six was surprised at the response, as he had't logged into Facebook in nearly a decade because he "thought social media would go away by now."
Something else that didn't go away were all the offers of help from his local Lake Stevens community. There were some pretty needy people in western Washington state who desperately needed that firewood to keep the overnight lows from taking a toll on their livelihood.
28-year-old single mom Katelyn Ticer, who lives in a mobile home with her 3-year-old girl, has a wood-burning stove as the home's sole source of heat. The free firewood from Shane and his sons were a godsend, and relieved the stress and anxiety she had about keeping her daughter warm.
"Lewis comfort company has pledged free chimney sweeps for everyone we give wood to. Our people are stepping up. So please spread the word, we are on our way to the neediest. Thank you for your patience and support with this. - Shane, Henry, and Harrison McDaniel."
Helping people like Katelyn was part of his motivation between chopping all that wood, but it wasn't all of it. As a boy, Shane often chopped with with his father during the summer months, and it was a special bonding moment that he now gets to share with his own two sons. Although he didn't intend for it to happen that way, chopping wood became a way to connect to the people in his life. Now this dad's act of kindness has connected him to that social media thing that never went away, too!