Indy plow driver pushes snow for free

Says winter, economy inspired charitable idea

INDIANAPOLIS -  Indianapolis native Chuck Baker agrees with most of us: The Winter of 2014 is one of the worst he can remember.

"We've had a winter. Let's put it that way," Baker said. "I can't wait to see a sandy beach."

Baker has plowed snow during the winter for 25 years, he said. In a good year, he estimates he can make as much as $20,000 pushing snow.

This winter, he decided to do something a little different.

"Out of the middle of nowhere he just plowed my driveway," said neighbor Jessica Centers. "Nobody asked him to. He just did."

This year, Baker is plowing free of charge for his neighbors – as well as countless others around the city.

"He pushed snow for everybody's driveway through here. He don't charge nobody," said Robbie Vidito. "He does it because he's got a big heart."

Baker said he knows that Old Man Winter and the economy have been tough on a lot of his neighbors in Mars Hills.

"There's so many people hurting and needing money, and has no money, and I just thought, 'Why not do it for free?'" Baker said.

So this year, Baker's paycheck is a smile.

"They look at you like, really, you're going to do this for nothing?" Baker said. "As you drive away, it's priceless to see the look on their face."

His neighbors say he couldn't have picked a better year for his charitable efforts.

"Hopefully next year he'll do it too," neighbor Amy Craig said jokingly. "He has definitely kept us all taken care of."

Baker said he has charged one business for his snow plowing services this year. The money he makes off that job has paid for fuel costs to cover all the free plowing.

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