A man in Oregon organized a home makeover for an elderly neighbor after overhearing teens say the house was so ugly that it should be burned down.
Josh Cyganik, a 35-year-old track inspector for Union Pacific Railroad in Pendleton, Oregon, was working across the street when he saw two teens pass the house. One called it the "fucking ugliest house I'ver ever seen," and said it should be burned down, Cyganik told BuzzFeed News.
Cyganik heard the comments from where he was standing. So did the resident of the home, 75-year-old Leonard Bullock. The older man was a familiar sight to Cyganik, who saw him daily sitting on the porch.
The comments appeared to get to Bullock, who hung his head -- and that bothered Cyganik. In the four years he had worked across the street, he hadn't talked to the man, but he waved at him every day.
"I was brought up to treat people with respect, respect your elders," Cyganik told BuzzFeed News. "He didn't deserve that. I had to do something."
Cyganik talked to a friend at the local Tum-A-Lum Lumber Company, which agreed to donate paint. He then asked Bullock if he could paint his house.
When painting day came, more than 100 volunteers showed up.
The fresh coat of paint now gives Bullock a sense of pride as he sits on the porch. "Every time I see him, I wave to him still," Cyganik said. "He just smiles from ear to ear."
Claudia Koerner is a national reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.
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