By Anne Cacherell
Every day for 4 years, before he begins his work, Josh Cyganik, a railroad track inspector in Oregon, has made it a point to wave to a 75-year-old man and a retired fork-lift driver Leonard Bullock. One day, Josh overheard some kids making a mockery of Leonard’s house, saying that it should be burned down because it was in such bad shape. Josh knew that Leonard, who also happened to hear the teens’ rude remarks, was deeply hurt by the insult.
Bothered by what he just witnessed, Josh decided to give the old man’s house a makeover. He posted a plea on Facebook and asked people for a helping hand. He also asked his friend Brian Christensen, manager of Tum-a-Lum Lumber, to donate some paints and supplies.
A week later, more than 100 people showed up to help Josh repaint the house. Other people who wanted to help, but weren’t able to come sent food and drinks. Starbucks even gave 6 gallons of water and iced tea.
In an interview, Josh said, “It was a random act of kindness, but to me it’s more about respect.” He also added, “I was raised to respect the people who came before you, to help others out 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.”
A person may be rich and may have everything in this world but if he doesn’t know to respect others, his soul remains poor. Were you inspired by Josh’s act of kindness? Share with us your thoughts.