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New Yorker Anonymously Shovels Snow, Leaves Selfless Note Behind

UPDATE: This story has been updated with a response from Mighty Mutts.

This weekend brought the third biggest snowfall on record for New York City. For many, it meant travel delays and staying in to watch Netflix, but for one generous New Yorker, it was an opportunity to help out some humans and animals with a random act of kindness.

When car owners exited their apartments in the East Village neighborhood in lower Manhattan, they expected to see their cars buried under 26 inches of snow. Most people did, but on Wednesday morning, a lucky few found this note placed on their windshields.

EV Grieve

The method of choice for writing? Typewriter, of course. It reads:

Your car was shoveled out of the snow for FREE on the evening of Tuesday, January 26, 2016.

If you would like to show your gratitude you could make a small donation to Mighty Mutts Animal Rescue, at www.mightymutts.org. If not, that is fine, and enjoy the free shoveling.


And that's all there is. No name or further explanation. This particular note photographed above was submitted to EV Grieve from a person who found it on their car parked on East 7th Street between Avenues A and B.

Who is this person? We'll never know. Why did they bring attention to Mighty Mutts? The reason's clear to see. They're an all-volunteer, no-kill shelter "dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating the strays of New York City."

Here are a few of their clientele.

The call for donations comes at a much-needed time for the shelter, which was forced to cancel an adoption drive on Saturday due to the weekend's storm.

Michelle Marlow, Executive Director of Mighty Mutts, expressed her appreciation for whoever made the kind gesture. She told The Dodo:

We don't know who left the notes, but I think the proactive approach to fundraising is wonderful. People are always looking for ways to help out, and this is a very creative and helpful one at that. We haven't noticed a surge in donations, but this time of year tends to be very difficult for donations in general. It is after the holidays and the cold weather reduces traffic at our weekly adoption drives in Union Square (every Saturday at the corner of 14th St and University). We could really use donations of canned and dry pet food as well as monetary donations. And special thanks to our "shoveling angel," whoever you are!

Hopefully the generosity of this "shoveling angel" will spread farther than East 7th Street.

If you'd like to donate to Mighty Mutts rescue, you can do so on their website, here. You can also browse the dogs and cats available for adoption on their Facebook timeline, here.

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