Every Saturday and Sunday afternoon, David Perez would watch his 75-year-old Fremont, California neighbor, Richard, Dubiel, climb up on his roof. At first, he wasn’t sure why.
He learned that his neighbor was repairing shingles that had aged to the point of ineffectiveness and also was trying to prepare for the El Nino storms that were sure to come.
Can somebody help?
75-years-old is too old, David decided.
David himself had no roofing experience but thought surely he would reach someone who did. At least it was worth trying. So, he posted a plea on Facebook looking for anyone who might be willing to help the man. This is what Perez wrote:
“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, August 29th at 9:00 am (address withheld) which is my house. If I get some responses I will verify the owner will be home that day. Keep checking this post for updates.”
Yes, we can!
The post was shared more than 1,500 times soon after, and David still had no idea if anyone would come at all.
But the good people who saw his post did come—in a BIG way!
In four hours, the job was finished.
The next day, 40 people showed up to fix his neighbor’s roof!
Not only did they bring tools, supplies, and expertise, some even brought food, water, and snacks! The roof job was complete in just four hours, and Perez and Dubiel were filled with gratitude for the strangers that helped.