Railroad worker gathers 100 people together to repaint elderly couple's home

Josh Cyagnik, a train inspector in Oregon, wanted to make a difference for Leonard and Dorothy Bullock, an elderly couple he saw every morning during his workday.

Even though Cyagnik waved to the couple every morning, he never had an actual conversation with Leonard and Dorothy.

One day in July, the railroad worker heard kids making fun of the Bullock's house, joking that it should be burned down because it was in such bad shape.

Cyagnik reflects on hearing this heartbreaking exchange saying:

The railroad worker decided to take action and make a change. He gathered construction materials from a few friends, and he posted a plea for help on his private Facebook page. The post spread quickly, eventually reaching more than 6,000 shares.

After Cyagnik figured out the logistics, he asked the elderly couple if he could paint their house. "He was ecstatic," Cyagnik recalls.

On the morning of the painting project, 20 volunteers showed up to help, but by the end of the day, more than 100 people were there to pitch in. People provided their labor, food, drinks and even monetary donations.

Volunteers aren't stopping now, though. In addition to repainting the house, they're working on building a new porch for the couple.

See the video below for information about how to paint the exterior of a house:

How to Paint a House Exterior

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