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VIDEO: Mystery man steps up to help after Kamloops Brain Injury Association has stairs vandalized

A stranger has helped the Kamloops Brain Injury Association by building them a new set of stairs after the original steps were vandalized. The association's executive director David Johnson says it was a random act of kindness and they are grateful for the good deed.
August 20, 2018 - 5:30 PM

KAMLOOPS - Staff at the Kamloops Brain Injury Association want to say thank you to the man who repaired and replaced their back door stairs over the weekend.

Executive director David Johnson says Friday, Aug. 17 started off with some bad news when he arrived to work in the morning.

“I came into the parking lot in the morning and (I saw) the stairs had been all smashed up,” he says. “It looked like someone sort of tore them apart.”

Johnson says he’s not sure what happened or why the stairs were torn apart but explained it wasn’t the best thing to deal with, especially on the day of the non-profit association’s annual picnic at Paul Lake.

“A lot of the brain injury survivors don’t have vehicles anymore, and the bus routes don’t get up there so it is a day we look forward to,” he says.

Johnson turned to the association’s Facebook page to share a photo and a statement about the damaged back steps.

“Today is our annual Paul Lake trip with our survivors. We showed up all jazzed up for the day in good spirits to discover someone had decided to leave us a rather unpleasant surprise,” the post reads. “These stairs were less than three years old and were built for us by volunteers.”

Johnson says the post was a way to let people know the damaged steps weren’t going to stop them from having a good day and didn’t expect it to reach many people. He certainly didn't expect someone would actually help with repairs.

“We get back here, and as we are pulling into the back lot there’s this guy and he’s already built new stairs,” he says. “He was like ‘Oh hi, I hope you don’t mind I saw your post and is this OK? and I’m like ‘dude is it OK? It’s fabulous thank you, and who are you?’”

The man didn’t want to give his name and doesn't want any recognition.

“He paid for everything, it’s good pressure treated lumber,” he says. “Getting free stairs is a big deal for an organization like us.”

And he came back over the weekend to add railings. 

"This guy is just really cool... he just wanted to help and didn't want any glory or anything for it."


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