A good Samaritan in Pendleton, Oregon, is making headlines after he rallied a group of volunteers to paint an elderly man's home.
"I saw the look on Leonard’s face," Cyganik, a track inspector for Union Pacific Railroad, said in an article posted on UPRR's website. "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."
Cyganik, who works across the street from the home, didn't personally know Bullock at the time, even though the two did wave to each other every day. But that didn't stop Cyganik from rallying volunteers and donations on Facebook.
"I'm asking if anyone that wants to help this Saturday to volunteer their time to help paint this gentleman's house," Cyganik wrote July 15.
That weekend, more than 100 volunteers showed up, and Tum-a-Lum Lumber donated supplies for the home makeover.
"Everybody was happy and excited," Cyganik told UPRR. "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 6 gallons of water and iced tea."
But volunteers weren't finished after they repainted the house. Tum-a-Lum Lumber reportedly is rebuilding Bullock's porch, and others bought him outdoor furniture.
Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.
Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.