The friendliest neighbor!
Josh Cyganik, a track inspector for Union Pacific Railroad in Pendleton, Oregon, decided to do something extraordinary for Leonard Bullock, a 75-year-old pensioner he had waved to every morning for four years. Cyganik was working across the street when two teenagers passed Bullock’s house and said it was “the ugliest house” they’ve ever seen and that it should be burned down.
The 35-year-old inspector heard what the teenagers said, and unfortunately, so did Bullock. Cyganik was bothered by the look on the elderly man’s face, as he was obviously affected by the nasty comments.
Cyganik said that he was brought up to treat people with respect, and that Bullock didn’t deserve those comments. He knew he had to do something, so he talked to his friend at the local Tum-A-Lum Lumber Company, which agreed to help out and donate paint.
Cyganik then asked the elderly man if he could paint his house, and according to him, Bullock was stunned by the offer. The inspector asked a few of his colleagues to help with the labor, and he also shared his idea in a post on Facebook, which was shared over 6,000 times.
And when the painting day came, over 100 volunteers showed up to support Cyganik. He said that everybody was happy and excited, and that people were dropping off food and drinks all day long.
Following the makeover, Bullock loves sitting on his porch even more. The inspector says that he waves to him still, and that the elderly man smiles from ear to ear.