Home Depot Employees Build Walker for Disabled Toddler

Home Depot Employees Build Walker for Disabled Toddler

By: Daniel Steingold | August 21, 2016

In a feel good story for the summer, some Home Depot employees in North Texas have helped a 2-year-old boy with a rare genetic disorder.

The employees made Silus Johnson, who is blind and has muscular problems, a walker made out of PVC pipe and other materials from the store’s shelves, including foam, rope, and reflective tape.

Regular walkers have proven to be too small for young Silus, leading the employees to act in kindness.

Eric Bindel, a store supervisor told a local Fox News affiliate, "As soon as we put him in there, it was just really cool. He started feeling around on it. You could tell he was happy. He was excited, basically. He started laughing and then started using his little feet to push himself backwards. I had a big smile. Everybody had a big smile, maybe a couple little tears here and there.”

The boy’s mother, Jessica Johnson, expressed appreciation for the employees’ kind gesture. She hopes that it helps her son act a little more independently.

It turns out that Silus’ grandfather was initially going to build the walker, but the employees offered their help upon hearing about the grandfather’s struggles with finding or building an appropriate walker.

They insisted that the grandfather stop his search, and they build it in store for free.

The Home Depot location that built the walker is in North Richland Hills, Texas.

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