South Bend dad shovels snow to successfully pay bills

NOW: South Bend dad shovels snow to successfully pay bills

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- While many people are not so happy with this latest round of snow, some are quite literally shoveling to success.

For the average person, shoveling the snow on the sidewalks can be a back-breaking chore.

But on a day like Friday, it's lifesaving work for one South Bend dad.

"I'll get done with a part, and then I'll turn around, and you can't even tell that I shoveled," explains Derrick Cutler. 

Cutler says, this snow day was a blessing.

"I recently got laid off, and I have a son at home," he explains. "I'm just trying to make some money to take care of my son." 

He may be shoveling to pay off his bills, but that's not all.

Cutler says, he's helping his community.

"A lot of people that I'm going to shovel the sidewalks for, they're all elderly," he says. "They have breathing problems and can't move."

So he's moving for them, going up and down the streets of South Bend and Mishawaka, asking snowed in neighbors if they need some extra help.

Friday afternoon, he was getting so many calls and messages, he could barely keep up.. 

But with each shovel-ful of snow, to him, it's a sign of success.

"Mother Nature is allowing me to make money,"Cutler says simply. "So I cannot be more thankful than that," 

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