You won’t believe what this young man did to this senior man’s house 71



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Source: Josh Cyganik Facebook

An old man was sitting on his verandah when a bunch of youths walked past and made fun of his house… but what happened next will restore your faith in the younger generation.

A 35-year-old track inspector happened to be working across the street just as two teens said the old man’s house was ugly and should be burnt down.

Josh Cyganik heard the comments and so did 75-year-old Leonard Bullock, the owner of the house.

Cyganik often saw the man on his verandah but had not spoken to him before. He noticed that Bullock had his head down and was hurt by the teenagers’ comments so he talked to a local hardware company. He wanted to see if they would donate paint for the man and then he went back and asked if he could paint Bullock’s house.

“I was brought up to treat people with respect, respect your elders,” Cyganik told BuzzFeed News. “He didn’t deserve that. I had to do something”.

“[Bullock] was speechless,” Cyganik said.

He planned to have friends and coworkers help him paint the house, and his Facebook post calling for volunteers was shared more than 6,000 times.

It’s no surprise then that over 100 volunteers, most strangers, showed up to assist.

“There’s nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer,” Cyganik said.

Mr Bullock was thrilled with the results. “Every time I see him, I wave to him still. He just smiles from ear to ear.

He gave advice to anyone who wanted to help someone out: “Don’t be afraid to go out there and help them. Don’t be afraid to take the first step”.

Tell us, has a young person ever done something impossibly kind for you? 

To my friends! So I was at work a couple weeks ago and I heard 2 teenage boys walked by this old man’s house. He sits on…

Posted by Josh Cyganik on Wednesday, July 15, 2015

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  1. Kindness & volunteering time to make someone happy is the greatest gift anyone can give. Well done to all those involved.

  2. This is wonderful. When my husband had a stroke 3 years ago he was painting our house and fell off the ladder. He was paralysed down the right side. People from his work all came and finished painting our whole house with paint that was donated by a local paint shop. My husband was 8 weeks from retirement at the time and was planning to do all the jobs around the house once he retired. They also concreted our back driveway, bought him a wheelchair and a mobility scooter plus new recliner chairs. When his therapy allotment ran out they also paid for speech therapy. We were so grateful as we would never have been able to do all of these things. My husband was well loved at the school he worked at and never said “no” to anyone who needed help. We have been so fortunate to have had all these wonderful people in our life and yes it does restore your faith in human nature.

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    • A nice story in human nature . Sorry to hear that your husband was so close to retirement when he got struck down. Life deals some nasty blows on us at times but if you are able to get help it makes a rotten situation a bit better . I hope you both have a happier retirement .

  3. I have a lovely young couple living next to me, they always put my bin out & in for me & when My vertical blind broke he came over & offered to fix it for me ( & wouldn’t take anything for fixing it ) also gives me fresh fish when he goes fishing.

  4. poor guy was just too fragile prob, to do anything about it, wonder if the two younger ones volunteered

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