Josh Cyganik should never have to pay for a beer ever again.
The Pendleton, Oregon Union Pacific railroad track inspector would pass Leonard Bullock's house every day on his way to work.
Though he would often see the 75-year-old retired forklift driver sitting on his porch, the two didn't interact much with each other, aside from a smile, a wave and the occasional “Hello.”
This is what makes Josh Cyganik's actions that much more remarkable.
Because Bullock and his wife are on a fixed monthly stipend, they didn't have the funds to keep their house in great condition, and over the years, their home took a fairly substantial beating.
According to Cyganik, one day, he overheard two teenagers making fun of Bullock's home, saying,
Bullock listened on from his porch, visibly upset by the comments.
Josh decided to help the retiree out and posted the following update to his Facebook page.
The post took off, and it ended up being shared over 6,000 times.
Volunteers were assembled, supplies were donated and a crew got to work on restoring the house.
The outpour of people wanting to help out was amazing.
Cyganik told Community Ties,
The squad of do-gooders gave the home a fresh coat of paint, new furniture and a brand new porch.
The team started out with only 20 people, but by the time the day ended, almost 100 people joined in to help with the renovation.
The job isn't completely done just yet: Cyganik said he is still trying to find a roofer to fix the shingles, but he is, nonetheless, proud of the work the team did so far.
Nothing like a little feel-good charity story to start the week off.