A few days after she was surprised as the recipient of renovations on her home, Kira M’Lot was still at a loss for words.
“I was absolutely shocked.
“It took me a long time to figure out what was going on; I was very confused,” she admitted with a laugh.
“It really made me speechless, I really can’t come up with words for how grateful (I am).
“It is heartwarming to see things people do for complete strangers.”
Earlier this month (Dec. 12), the 27-year-old found out that her south Langley home was getting some much-needed renovation work.
She was chosen through Langley’s JR Innovations Renovations’ Pay it Forward Home Makeover contest.
The original plan was to donate eight hours to fix up some of the things around the house, said John Robertson, the owner of JR Innovations Renovations.
But once people discovered who he was helping, the scope of the home makeover project grew.
“It just snowballed,” Robertson said.
“They were coming out of the woodwork (for her) just because she has been so good.”
The Langley woman suffered a traumatic head injury when she was eight years old and still deals with severe headaches and vertigo.
She purchased property in south Langley and built a dog kennel, opening up her own business, A Dog’s Life K9 Centre three years ago.
She is also a member of Surrey Search and Rescue Society.
But while she poured money into her business and devoted free time to helping with search and rescue, her house has not received the care it required.
The project included renovations to both bathrooms, replacing parts of the ceiling, tearing down two rock fireplaces, redoing the kitchen — including putting in a working oven — and laundry room, and tearing down walls to create a separate area for her three dogs.
Altogether, Richardson estimates hundreds of hours were spent on the project with a total cost of close to $30,000.
A Go Fund Me page raised $2,120 while the rest of the appliances were donated and about 50 people helped with the project, either physically or through donations.
“That is why it got so big, because we had so many people (volunteer). I had to keep everyone busy,” Robertson said.
Work is still being done to complete the renovations with everything expected to wrap up next week.
M’Lot, who helped with the renovation work, said this is something she will never forget.
“To everyone who was part of the project, whether through a contribution, organizing or hours spent at my house, thank you isn’t enough,” she posted on her Facebook page.
“Without all of you, John’s vision would not have happened, giving me the surprise of a lifetime.
“As the dust settles, literally, I sit here still shocked and speechless from the past week, still having trouble finding the words to express my gratitude to everyone.”
“Your generosity, kindness and willingness to help others is admirable and helps everyone remember how wonderful it feels to help others and for how one simple act of kindness can become so much more.”
Robertson says he plans to make this an annual campaign.