In Fremont, California, David Perez noticed his 75-year-old neighbor Richard Dubiel, struggling to put new shingles on his roof single so he posted a public plea for help on Facebook:
“I’m trying to reach anyone that has roofing experience. So please share this. I have a neighbor, the man on the roof in this picture, name unknown. He is about 80 years old and climbs onto the roof trying to finish putting the shingles on by himself. I feel sorry for him but I have no roofing skills. I would like to see if anyone can donate their time to help him finish. It appears that he has all the materials so looking for free labor to show up this Saturday.”
Before he knew it, 1,400 people shared his post and group of 40 volunteers came together on fix an elderly man’s roof. While others that didn’t know how donated water, donuts and pizza for the volunteers.
The elderly man was astonished to see the group arrive at his house.
“It restores your faith in humanity,” Dubiel, a retired systems test engineer, told KTVU. “I’m just astounded. I couldn’t believe it when this fella knocked on my door and said he wanted to help for free. What a gesture.”
“You see so much negativity and out here, this was positive – real positive – with no thought of return or reward, other than that of helping somebody,” he continued to say.
The neighbor Perez thought the project would take a full day’s work, but because of the high turnout of volunteers, the group was able to complete the task in only four hours.
“Just knowing how many times people shared [the Facebook post], it was very surprising how far it reached,” Perez said. “The ones who took their time to come out and help a stranger was very nice. It was very uplifting to see that.”