Stranger notices father and daughter struggling with wheelchair, offers to build them accessibility ramp for free

Almay Belton, a High Point Central High School freshman, finds that returning home after a hectic day at school is their highlight.

Although the 14-year-old from North Carolina looks forward to coming home every day, her routine is not the same as everyone else’s.

While most of her classmates can go dashing toward their front door when they get off the school bus, it’s not as easy for Almay because she uses a wheelchair.


Anthony Belton, her father, waited for her to return home every day so he could help her climb their front steps, which do not have an access ramp.

“Basically when she gets off the bus she has a little frown on her face, like here we go, about to go up these steps,” Anthony said. “At the same time it’s hard on me, dealing with my back and I’m getting older, not younger.”

Anthony Belton, Almay's doting father

Joe Hill, the owner of Premier Waterproofing, happened to be in Almay’s neighborhood late last year to do some work. He was struck by the way Anthony would lift his daughter’s wheelchair up the stairs each day to get her off the bus.

Joe wanted to help, so he knocked on the family’s door and made them an offer.

“He goes, ‘I was wondering, would you mind if I came out here and built you a ramp for nothing?’ and I kind of looked at him funny and said, ‘yeah OK there’s got to be a catch.’ Nothing is for nothing,” Anthony said.

Anthony would soon discover that the kind stranger meant every word he spoke. He returned to Almay on December 13th with his team to construct the access ramp. The best part is that it was all free!

Joe Hill, the Good Samaritan who built Almay Belton a wheelchair ramp

Joe and Anthony waited for Almay to be surprised once the task was complete. When the teen got off the bus, she couldn’t help but flash a huge grin upon seeing the ramp.

“To see her smile, as soon as the door opened and she got there she just started smiling. All I can say is nothing in the world that can put a smile on dad’s face like seeing his kids smile,” Anthony said of Almay’s reaction.

It was also Joe’s favorite thing about all of this.

“The smile did it for me,” he said. “And knowing she can do it pretty much by herself, so it’s a little more independence for her.”

The wheelchair ramp that Joe Hill built for Almay Belton

Almay won’t have to go through her old frustrations anymore now that she can get inside the house herself using the accessibility ramp.

Anthony is amazed by how everything came together. After all, it’s not every day that you meet someone like Joe, who offered to help their family in such a beautiful way without expecting anything in return.

“Never knew each other. Never met him. That was my first encounter with him. And to say that he did. At first, I was like ‘why is that truck in my driveway its kind of weird.’ But then we got to talking and there was a connection and I was like ok he has a big heart,” Anthony said.

Joe said that he had a soft spot in his heart for children and felt the need do something when he witnessed Almay and Anthony struggling.

Almay Belton smiling after seeing her wheelchair ramp

“I saw a need, knew I could take care of it and it went from there,” Hill said.

While Joe came up with the idea for the project, he said it wouldn’t have been a reality without the help of his team, Jaland, Malik, Rob, and Chad Leggett’s crew from CVC Services.

“We need to have more Samaritans out here doing the same thing,” Anthony said. “Helping each other instead of putting each other down. We must be there for one another. He did that because it shows that there are people who care about each other. People that do care about other people.”

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