The record snow in Massachusetts has met its match.
From her motorized wheelchair, Crystal Evans of Braintree has shoveled snow for more than 100 hours since January, WCVB reported. Holding the shovel between her footrests, she becomes a human snowplow -- and inspires others to pitch in. Volunteers joined her Sunday to clear out a segment of blocked pavement.
The 33-year-old mother and home-business owner, who has a neuromuscular disease, explained that moms walking with strollers, the elderly and other citizens require a clear path. "It needs to be accessible to everybody," Evans told the ABC affiliate, adding that she's just doing her civic duty.
Nearby Boston has already surpassed more than 100 inches of snow this season, CBS noted.
For Evans, helping out was a no-brainer. "We can't stop our lives because of snow," she told the Patriot-Ledger.
According to the newspaper, Evans has been requesting help on Facebook and brings extra shovels for those who show up. The volunteer shovel force now numbers about 50, Braintree Patch reported.
And it all began when Evans had to mail a package for her party favor business at the post office before a snowstorm, but faced a blockade of the white stuff. Then she went to work. “I had a clear path and I thought I could clear a path for everyone, not just for me,” she told Patch.
Evans is digging in for another cause as well. She wants the more static International Symbol of Access changed to an active person in a wheelchair.
"There is so much stigma of what people believe a disabled person is; they don't expect us to be working,” Evans told WCVB. “They don't expect us to be out in the community.”