On his way to work Josh Cyganik would always provide his elderly neighbour the courtesy of a simple nod and “hello” when passing. So one day when he overheard a group of teen’s speaking ill of the old man’s house he was taken back.
“They said loud enough for me to hear ‘look at this crappy house, they just need to burn it down!’ ” Cyganik wrote in a Facebook post about the incident. The older man, 75-year-old Leonard Bullock, sits on his porch every day and could definitely hear the teens.
“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 days before I decided to do something,” he told UPRR.
What was that something you might ask? He painted the whole house with the help of a few friends.
“So I’m asking if anyone that wants to help this Saturday to volunteer their time to help paint this gentleman’s house!” he wrote.
That’s when the true magic happened, it was shared over 6000 times and over 100 people turned out to help fix up the ageing property.
A true act of kindness..
“…To me it’s more about respect,” he told PIX11. “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.”
Enjoy your new home Leonard!