My husband's cousin Earl lives with us and pays a token amount of rent in exchange for helping out around the house. Earl's dad, Jerry, is a contractor who has not had steady work in awhile. Jerry is a really nice guy and has voluntarily shown up to help while we were doing DIY projects on the house before.
DH and I have some repairs that need to be done, and it's hard to find time since DH is working tons of overtime right now with an odd schedule. Earl decided to work on the house Sunday while DH was at work, and mentioned it to his dad, so Jerry came over to help. I'm not sure whether Earl asked him to or if Jerry volunteered.
Earl and Jerry spent about 8 hours working on the repairs Sunday. There is still more work to be done, approximately 2-4 hours' worth. I don't know whether Jerry will come over for that as well. DH offered to pay Jerry, and Jerry declined.
We would like to do something for Jerry to thank him. We know that he hasn't had steady work in awhile and it's taken a toll on him, so it would be nice to give him cash, but we are afraid that Jerry's pride would prevent him from taking it. In the past we have given him a restaurant gift card to thank him, and that went over well, but it seems insubstantial in light of the amount of work he's put in on this project.
Any suggestions for how we can properly express appreciation for Jerry's help?