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Man helps paint his neighbor's home after overhearing rude comment from teens
April 4, 2017
Leonard Bullock’s home was a neighborhood eyesore. The house, which had been turquoise at one point in the past, was now a paint-peeling mess. It was such an eye-sore that a couple of neighborhood teens thought that the home should be torched, according to a report from Today. When Josh Cyganik, a Union Pacific Railroad track inspector, who works across the street from Bullock’s home heard the pair teens bad-mouth the house in front of Bullock, he knew he needed to do something.
Cyganik introduced himself to Bullock,75, and asked how he would feel about having his home painted, ABC News reported. Bullock enthusiastically agreed to the offer, and Cyganik got to work getting things in order. He posted a Facebook status update asking for help painting the house. He also asked a friend at a lumber company for paint.
When painting day arrived, Bullock and his wife sat out in their yard on lawn chairs watching to see what would happen, according to ABC News. More than 100 volunteers showed up to help add a fresh coat of beige paint to the house.
The transformation moved Bullock. "The house is real nice now," Bullock said to ABC News. "It makes me feel good to look at it, especially after what [the teenagers] said."
Cyganik said to Today that it felt good to give someone a gift of service. "I know that will probably be the last coat of paint he sees on the house, so for me to give him that and to be able to see him on the porch smiling with a beautiful backdrop made it all worth it."