When Man Overhears Kids Mocking Elderly Man’s Home, He Decides to Do Something About It

When Man Overhears Kids Mocking Elderly Man’s Home, He Decides to Do Something About It

This story proves that good, respectful people DO still exist, and they might be closer than you think. When Josh Cyganik heard some kids making fun of an elderly man’s home, he wanted to do something about it.


From Union Pacific:

Josh Cyganik has waved to 75-year-old Leonard Bullock every morning for the past four years.

Bullock’s house sits across the street from a portion of the Union Pacific main line in Pendleton, Oregon, where Cyganik meets his co-workers every day to begin his work maintaining tracks across UP’s western region. “He sits on that front porch all day long,” Cyganik said. “I never talked to him. Not until I heard what those two kids said.”

It was a sunny day in July when Josh overheard two teenagers comment that the house should be burned down because it was in such bad shape. “I saw the look on Leonard’s face. I could tell the comment bothered him,” Cyganik said. “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.”

Determined to right the situation, Cyganik asked a few fellow railroaders to help out. He also asked his friend, Brian Christensen, manager of Tum-a-Lum lumber, if he could donate some paint. “Brian was more than happy to donate supplies. After we had it all figured out, I went and asked Leonard if it would be all right if we painted his house,” Cyganik said. “He was ecstatic.”

Worried he wouldn’t have enough helping hands with only a week’s notice, Cyganik posted his story on Facebook with a plea to friends and family to support his effort. “My Facebook is private,” Cyganik said, “but the post blew up like wildfire.” The post was shared more than 6,000 times.

When Cyganik arrived at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 18, about 20 volunteers already had shown up. Throughout the day strangers kept arriving to help, and by the end of the day more than 100 people had stopped by to lend a hand, including several Union Pacific employees.

“It was just a good vibe! Everybody was happy and excited,” Cyganik said. “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.”

When all was said and done, the man’s house was painted in a uniform warm beige and he’s even in the process of getting a new porch built! If only we saw more stories like this, instead of the horrible news we’re used to seeing.

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