Josh Cyganik couldn’t believe what he just witnessed. The cruel, snide comments from two teenage boys had just broken the heart of an old man, simply sitting on his front porch. Right then and there, Josh decided that 75-year-old would never feel that way again.
Walking back to his truck, the railroad worker passed two teenage boys standing in front of an elderly gentleman’s home. Mocking at laughing at the property’s rundown state, they said, “look at this crappy house they just need to burn it down.” Immediately, the quiet senior, who’d been simply sitting on his porch, buried his head.
Josh instantly posted to Facebook with a cry for help. Explaining the situation, he informed friends local lumber yards had agreed to donate materials and supplies to repaint the property. Upon getting the owner of the home, Leonard’s, permission, the only thing the man needed was people.
“So I’m asking if anyone that wants to help this Saturday to volunteer their time to help paint this gentleman’s house! I’m thinking 8 o’clock Saturday morning this weekend … Thanks everyone for your support,” the railroad worker wrote online.
That following Saturday morning, over 95 good samaritan showed up to help. Surprisingly enough, that number included people from across state lines! Volunteers from Texas, Washington, and as far California came ready, with a paintbrush in hand. Josh was absolutely shocked.
Immediately the crew began painting, sanding, and hammering. A few hours later, the home was finished. Freshly coated and looking brand spanking new, the home was restored to its former glory, all thanks to Josh’s simple act of kindness. Leonard, was overwhelmed with the outpouring of generosity and kindness from complete strangers. According to Josh, the pleasure was his.
“I saw the look on Leonard’s face. I could tell the comment bothered him,” said Josh. I don’t think any elderly person should have to endure what I heard from those two kids’ mouths. I was raised to respect the people who came before you … Leonard can now sit on his front porch for the rest of his years while feeling good about his home.”
The humble hero doesn’t think of himself as such. Josh believes it was simply the right thing to do.
“… I’m not a hero, I just heard something that bothered me,” the man explained. “Anyone would have done the same thing. Everyone has it in their heart to do things like this.”