An elderly couple’s home in Oregon received a much needed coat of fresh paint thanks to one kind-hearted man and his army of volunteers.
Josh Cyganik decided to offer his help after overhearing two teenagers making fun of a Pendleton, Oregon, home while the elderly owner, Leonard Bullock, was sitting on the porch outside.
Cyganik overheard the teenagers talking in July — they said the house should be burned down because it was in such a bad shape. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Josh Cyganik (left) repainted the home of pensioner Leonard Bullock and his wife Dorothy, after he heard two teenagers insulting them, saying the house was so dilapidated that it should be burned down.
I saw the look on Leonard’s face. I could tell the comment bothered him.
I don’t think any elderly person should have to endure what I heard from those two kids’ mouths. I kind of stewed about it for a couple of days before I decided to do something.
2. Leonard and Dorothy couldn’t afford to give their house a new paint job, but Cyganik rallied more than 100 volunteers to help give the home a make-over.
So Cyganik started enlisting friends’ help and borrowing materials from colleagues in the construction industry.
He also posted a plea on Facebook, calling on all his friends and family to help, which was shared more than 6,000 times.
More than 20 volunteers joined Cyganik on the morning scheduled to start painting Leonard’s house, but by the end of the day the group had grown to more than 100.
3. As well as a new paint job, the volunteers are building a new porch for the house, have bought new garden furniture and are looking for a roofer to donate his time to complete the project.
It was just a good vibe! Everybody was happy and excited. We received a lot of additional donations from people who didn’t come but wanted to help.
People were dropping off food and drinks all day long. Starbucks even donated six gallons of water and iced tea.
In addition to the new paint job, the volunteers are currently putting up a new porch, more outdoor furniture has been bought, and the team are looking for a roofer to donate his time to complete the project.
4. While 20 volunteers joined Josh in the morning to begin painting, more than 100 had given a hand during the day. But Josh insisted it had more to do with respect than a random act of kindness.
Yeah, it was a random act of kindness, but to me it’s more about respect.
I was raised to respect the people who came before you, to help others out who don’t have much. Leonard can now sit on his front porch for the rest of his years while feeling good about his home.
According to the media, I’m a hero. I’m not a hero, I just heard something that bothered me. Anyone would have done the same thing. Everyone has it in their heart to do things like this.
5. Good Samaritans paint an elderly man’s home.
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