Strangers Show Up on Elderly Man’s Roof, Restore More Than Just Shingles

Strangers Show Up on Elderly Man’s Roof, Restore More Than Just Shingles

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Roof volunteers Facebook David Perez

Man on roof Facebook David PerezAs he watched his frail 75-year-old neighbor painstakingly laying down shingle by individual shingle, David Perez knew he wanted to do something to help, but he didn’t know a single thing about roofing.

So, the California man snapped a picture of the white-haired neighbor working on the roof (right) and reached out to his Facebook friends, asking if anyone knew a roofer who might be willing to donate time and labor to help.

His post was shared more than a thousand times, and he hoped that roofers would came out of the woodwork.

Saturday morning, Perez didn’t know if anyone would show up at 9, the agreed upon time…but when he awoke at 7, people were already up on Mr. Dubiel’s house, working.

roofing volunteers Facebook David PerezRoofing trucks clogged the cul-de-sac in front their Fremont homes, as volunteers laid out donated food for the workers to eat when they were done. The whole roof was finished by noon.

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They asked Dubeil to come up on the roof one last time, and ceremoniously handed him a nail gun to attach the final shingle himself.

He said the strangers coming out to fix his roof also repaired his faith in humanity.

“I’m just in awe,” Dubiel told KNTV news.

(WATCH the KNTV News video) — Photos: David Perez, Facebook — Story tip: Jim Kelly

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