When This 2-Year-Old Boy Needed A Custom Walker, These Home Depot Workers Stepped Up To The Challenge

“Everybody should help everybody, of course, but especially if somebody's in need."

Christopher Wright had only been working at the Home Depot in North Richland Hills, Texas, for about a week when he became a potential frontrunner for employee of the month ... and a national news story.

He and another employee, Eric Bindel, went the extra mile so Silus Johnson — a 2-year-old boy with Norrie disease, a rare genetic disorder leaving him blind and with low muscle tone — could one day walk that far himself. 

After Johnson outgrew his infant-sized walker, his mother scoured the internet for other options, but to no avail. Determined to give Silus his best chance at life, Johnson's grandfather went to the North Richland Hills Home Depot for materials and tools to build a custom walker. 

He walked out empty-handed — but with a full heart. 

After Johnson's grandfather told Bindel about the walker project, Bindel offered to build it for him, free of charge. "Immediately, I was a little touched by it and just kind of upset because I have a 2-year-old myself," Bindel told A Plus over the phone. He recruited Wright, a new tool technician, to become the brains of the operation. "He's pretty much a jack of all trades because he can do anything," Bindel said of Wright. "He's an amazing guy." 

Wright told A Plus, "I can only imagine what it'd be like if my kid was in the position Silus is in. It made that personal."

Thinking of his own son inspired Wright to put in all the time and effort that was needed during the production process to ensure Johnson would have the safest walker possible. "I wanted to … make sure it was really durable because if it was my little boy that had the condition that Silus had," he said, "I'd want someone to actually put [in] their time, effort … and make it really safe." To that end, Wright made sure all the materials used were non-toxic and even riveted the PVC pipes together, instead of using glue, so he didn't have to use "any kind of chemicals."

While the walker wasn't difficult to make, it did pose a unique challenge for Wright. Not only did he have to choose his materials carefully, he also needed to strike the perfect balance between making it stable and movable so Johnson could continue to use the walker as he grew. 

But when Johnson's mother and grandfather brought him into the store to try out the walker, both Wright and Bindel knew all their hard work had been worth it. "It just felt good really … coming together and helping somebody," Wright said. "Seeing it actually work, just seeing the look on his mom's face." 

"I just held him [Johnson], and he snugged up on my shoulder, and it just felt great," Bindel added. "I'm not gonna lie, I shed a little tear."

Perhaps the most extraordinary thing about Wright and Bindel's act of kindness is how ordinary it is to them. A week after making Johnson's walker, the do-good duo was already changing another person's life. They built a pergola for a man who uses a wheelchair. "Everybody should help everybody, of course, but especially if somebody's in need," Bindel said. "Just do what you can to help them." 

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