Cruel Teenagers' Comments Make Elderly Man Ashamed of His Home

Stephen Thompson
Apr 05, 2022
05:00 P.M.

Leonard Bullock was out on his porch when two young boys made cruel comments about his home. The older man looked visibly hurt; little did he know that help was on the way.


Seventy-five-year-old Leonard Bullock would not have expected the incredible miracle he received from his neighborhood. The man was an easy-going person who loved enjoying the scenery around his Pendleton, Oregon, residence by sitting calmly on his porch.

Somehow, two unruly teenage boys around the area felt the need to taunt his property as they passed by. This made him very sad; however, a few days after the incident, Bullock received a life-changing transformation: a home makeover!

Picture of Leonard Bullock's house before the makeover | Source: twitter.com/CBSMornings

Picture of Leonard Bullock's house before the makeover | Source: twitter.com/CBSMornings


Like Bullock, Josh Cyganik, a 35-year-old man who worked as a track inspector for the Union Pacific Railway, lived in Pendleton.


For four years, the younger man waved at the older adult whenever he passed by. Although Cyganik never uttered a word to his community friend, they shared a connection throughout.

In July 2015, the story changed. As the track inspector stepped out to fill a garbage can, he noticed two teenage boys acting maliciously toward Bullock.

While they walked past his home, they insulted the old man's building, adding the words "they just need to burn it down." These expressions affected Bullock, who was visibly sad. Cyganik was not spared either. He felt sorry for his friend. In his words:


"I couldn't believe what those kids had said. It was Leonard, this elderly man who never hurt anybody…sits there all day long."

At first, the 35-year-old thought about scolding them. However, he chose to sleep on it. Cyganik later considered a better option: to put a smile on Bullock's face.


Cyganik thought about changing the look of the house. He phoned a friend who runs a lumber and paint store. Thankfully, the friend agreed to donate some materials. After gathering enough equipment for the intended project, Cyganik sought workers by creating a Facebook post.


The post was flooded with comments and likes within hours, and more than six thousand people shared it. The next day, for the first time, Cyganik knocked on Bullock's home, requesting permission to repaint the building.


A few days after Bullock agreed to the surprise, the track inspector and five co-workers arrived at the home. More people joined them, from Texas, Washington, and California, until eventually, there was a flock of workers.


More than ninety people were available to help, making the job faster. Cyganik marveled at the assistance he got, revealing that it happened without guidance or a plan.

Even though some people were absent, they sent food, water, and other donations to the household. The elderly man and his wife were thrilled with the experience so that by 11 p.m., they were still on the porch waving at workers and passersby.

Cyganik felt proud of the work in the home, especially since it brought a smile to the faces of the Bullocks. According to him:


"I know that will probably be the last coat of paint he sees on the house, so for me to give him that and to be able to see him on the porch smiling with a beautiful backdrop made it all worthwhile."

The men resumed their hand-waving ritual after advancing to a modified friendship involving adding genuine smiles on each other's faces.

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