Railroad Worker Helps Elderly Couple

For four years, train inspector Josh Cyganik had waved to 75-year-old Leonard Bullock every morning, as Bullock and his wife lived in a house across the street from a portion of the Union Pacific main line in Pendleton, Oregon. Josh, who maintains rail tracks across UP's western region, said "He sits on that front porch all day long. I never talked to him. Not until I heard what those two kids said." In July, Josh overheard two teenagers saying the house should be burned down because it's in such bad shape. Josh stated "I saw the look on Leonard's face. 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 of days before I decided to do something."

Soon, Josh started getting help from other railroaders and borrowing materials from his colleagues in the construction industry. He said "After we had it all figured out, I went and asked Leonard if it would be all right if we painted his house. He was ecstatic." Then, Josh published a plea on Facebook that asked all of his family and friends to help--it was shared over 6,000 times. Over 20 volunteers joined Josh in the morning to stsrt painting Leonard's house--by the end of the day, more than 100 stopped by to help. Josh said "People were dropping off food and drinks all day long. Starbucks even donated six gallons of water and iced tea."

In addition to the new paint job, they are constructing a new front porch and bought outdoor furniture. They are also looking for a roofer willing to donate time to complete the project. Josh added "Yeah, it was a random act of kindness, but to me it's more about respect. I was raised to respect people who came before you, to help others who don't have much. Leonard can now sit on his front porch for the rest of his years while feeling good about his home. Anyone would have done the same thing. Everyone has it in their heart to do things like this."

Photo: Daily Mail

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