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Guy Accidentally Heard Teens Making Fun Of 75-Year-Old Man’s House, So This Is What He Did
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Guy Accidentally Heard Teens Making Fun Of 75-Year-Old Man’s House, So This Is What He Did

When railroad track inspector Josh Cyganik of Union Pacific heard local kids making rude comments about 75-year-old Leonard Bullock’s home, he decided that he had to do something about it. On July 15th, he posted this message to Facebook:

“…I was at work a couple weeks ago and I heard 2 teenage boys walked by this old man’s house…[and] they said loud enough for me to hear ‘look at this crappy house they just need to burn it down’!… So I’m asking if anyone that wants to help this Saturday to volunteer their time to help paint this gentleman’s house!”

The response was stunning. “I stopped counting at 95 volunteers, but everyone showed up excited and willing to help.” People came from as far as Texas, Washington, and California to help out. When asked for a comment by the Daily Mail, Cyganik said, “According to the media, I’m a hero. I’m not a hero, I just heard something that bothered me.”

More info: UPRR | Facebook (h/t: aplus)

Cyganik overheard teens say, “look at this crappy house, they just need to burn it down!”

He posted to Facebook asking for volunteers to help fix it up, and the response was astounding

People started to show up from as far away as Texas, Washington, and California

“I stopped counting at 95 volunteers, but everyone showed up excited and willing to help”

“I was raised to respect the people who came before you, to help others out who don’t have much”

Here’s the final result!

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MartinaVeselá
Community Member
7 years ago

There are still good people out there.

Sudip
Community Member
7 years ago

Hats Off to your contribution Josh Cyganik!!

VandaKildani
Community Member
7 years ago

Amazing Josh Cyganik .... Hats off

TeresaShilling
Community Member
7 years ago

Did the boys that made the remarks end up helping? That would have been great.

Martin
Community Member
7 years ago

Most likely not... and the little punks should be shamed publicly

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TerriGott
Community Member
7 years ago

God Bless all who helped....

LunaIndigo
Community Member
7 years ago

Things like these restore hope to the world, awesome work

CrackrJax
Community Member
7 years ago

What a thing of beauty, the house, and all the people who helped! Including Josh.

KITTEEEHS
Community Member
7 years ago

Guys, we still have hope for the world :)

GrazWeed
Community Member
7 years ago

Our world today needs more people like you and the volunteers who helped even though they don't know the owner of the house personally! Kudos to all of you!

VivianaV
Community Member
7 years ago

faith in humanity restored

LisaGreene
Community Member
6 years ago

That gives me hope for this world!

DirkDeBeer
Community Member
6 years ago

Well done, good job. Would have liked to see the kids faces after this revamp.

JoAnnSchmidt
Community Member
6 years ago

A beautiful soul, joined by others. Thanks for sharing your story. This is the kind of energy that benefits everyone.

JoAnneKlein
Community Member
6 years ago

Many kudos to Josh! As for these teens who were so disparaging: may they remember their insults and IF they get to live to see 75 years, may they find themselves in need of a helping hand and are overlooked. One way or another, Karma will win.

Annie
Community Member
6 years ago

The only thing is I couldn't have kept it in. I would first comfort the man then do the project. I don't know why. But still, amazing.

Astatine
Community Member
6 years ago

AWESOME!!!The World Still Has Hope

NicoleBenz
Community Member
6 years ago

That is what happens when you not just look after yourself... More people should act that way. Thank you so much!

BellaRose
Community Member
6 years ago

Thats amazing! Thank you for restoring my faith in humanity

SergioAlonso
Community Member
6 years ago

"If you want to change the world, start painting your neighborhood"

CaroleDose
Community Member
6 years ago

You are a hero, Josh Cyganik! I hope your big heart and generosity inspires others to follow the torch you lit. There are sooo many people who need help.

Sonia.Alexandra
Community Member
6 years ago

Good things happen to good people.

DonGuild
Community Member
6 years ago

It is wonderful to see that some people still care, it would have been even better if the boys that made the comment were made to help .

SallyGillies
Community Member
6 years ago

What an uplifting story and so wonderful to do. Thanks for doing it and thanks for sharing. God bless you and all the wonderful people who showed up to help.

MónicaElisabethSacco
Community Member
6 years ago

Thanks!

DianaHockley
Community Member
6 years ago

How terrific! Good for everyone that they gave of their time to help out.

sydney
Community Member
6 years ago

I wish this new home and the older gentleman all the best!! Thank you everyone who helped SO MUCH! To the teens who said the words, thanks for bringing attention to a person in need of some help!! Forgiveness to you!!! We are all imperfect and in forgiving I am healed, in receiving you are given peace too.

BrianAdams
Community Member
7 years ago

I'm just happy there are still good people around.

pony33
Community Member
7 years ago

There are very cool people still in this world... It's too bad that we still have a few little shit heads around..

EmmaPeel
Community Member
7 years ago

Far out! And did you see the good news today re Hampton inn providing shelter to a WWII vet? There are decent people in the world. Unfortunately for the future of the planet, we are the ones who used birth control

KTTrondsen
Community Member
7 years ago

awesome!

NoelStPierre
Community Member
7 years ago

Hats off man ! Glad to here some nice news for a change.

EdGinsberg
Community Member
7 years ago

love it

LauraForish
Community Member
7 years ago

Bravo to all the volunteers, you did a great job!

slywlf
Community Member
7 years ago

Karma will smile on this great bunch of big-hearted folks!

AuntieEm
Community Member
7 years ago

A special place in Heaven for you

SamanthaLucy
Community Member
7 years ago

Such a great uplifting story!

MavisMoneypenny
Community Member
7 years ago

Real life extreme makeover!

MadelynMoydell
Community Member
7 years ago

Your momma raised you right, and same to all of the folks that helped. Bless you all.

DianaCovell
Community Member
7 years ago

That SHOULD be what this world is about. Good work!!!

NigelBrown
Community Member
7 years ago

Kids think they know every thing I've got some news for them Altogether THEY DONT!

ShirleyBond
Community Member
7 years ago

A great thing to do.

ShirleyErikson
Community Member
7 years ago

Many thanks for showing us these startling ,creative ,and beautiful images as some measure of balance in a world so full of unlovely visual material!

KathyGrossman
Community Member
7 years ago

gold stars for you.

cpd228
Community Member
7 years ago

The real Americans!!

MiliMili
Community Member
7 years ago

WOW so nice...Bless their hearths

maggiemoonbeam
Community Member
7 years ago

To the snarky people who commented that the color paint was ugly: Have you considered that it might have been Mr. Bullock's choice? Since Mr. Christensen donated it, I'm sure he gave the gentleman his choice!

captaingrumpy
Community Member
7 years ago

WHEN DOES THE GARDEN GET DONE ???

EvansBaker
Community Member
7 years ago

I am more concern about those kids and what else they might have done or will do to others. I hope their parents read this and go apologize to Mr. Bullock!!!!

BarbaraHarrell
Community Member
7 years ago

Love hearing about good people who take the time to care for a stranger....Bless all of you who volunteered...

pajd
Community Member
7 years ago

Yes there are, and so often we only hear about the bad people...

SAGOULD
Community Member
7 years ago

This is what the internet does best: spontaneous outpouring of kindness.

JulieCanfield
Community Member
7 years ago

Thank God, my faith in humankind is being restored. It's great to hear about others who put others in need before themselves. May you guys be richly blessed.

Roger
Community Member
7 years ago

Thank goodness there are good people out there!!

JocelynTownsend
Community Member
7 years ago

:D faith in humanity, reestablished.

JeanneDeaux
Community Member
7 years ago

That's amazing. Thanks for this man, it's a really beautiful action. As for the boys, they should be pilloried in a public place one week long with the words stupid brat on their forehead. Shame on them!

DianaDaCruzRenta
Community Member
7 years ago

faith in humanity restored!

EthelDobbin
Community Member
7 years ago

They did a wonderful job

CuriousGeorge
Community Member
7 years ago

God bless you all!

bam_
Community Member
7 years ago

WOW!! Kudos!!

Juan-CarlosSaez
Community Member
7 years ago

the miracle of goodwill is what will save us all

AlexandraCondesso
Community Member
7 years ago

Such a beautiful gesture, congrats to all of those who helped!

SherrieLeavelle
Community Member
7 years ago

Bravo!

HulutaIrina
Community Member
7 years ago

Amazing. I am so happy when i can see people doing good things to other people...i hope everybody to learn a lesson and help people not only to judge them because they are poor

AlexandraPavlikova
Community Member
7 years ago

Well done!

DarleneGirard
Community Member
7 years ago

They picked a great colour.. brown gives it a nice old fashioned log-cabin look.. Great job, by all involved!

LaviniaI
Community Member
7 years ago

faith in humanity restored

IamaMaughanster
Community Member
7 years ago

Imagine if everyone took an interest in their own communities, like this gentleman did, what a different place the world would be. Kudos to you and your parents for doing a great job. This is inspiring, truly!

lunanoir69
Community Member
7 years ago

This is beautiful! I also was raised to remember and help my elders and others who need help. This is the way we should ALL respond to someone who needs our help!!

RegianePanico
Community Member
7 years ago

You, Sir, and all the volunteers, have all my respect!

GinetteRochon
Community Member
7 years ago

When I see stories likes this one, it gives hope!!!

CindyLansford
Community Member
7 years ago

This is right. We could make so much difference if we would pay attention, and respond when we see a need. If 100 people had $ 50-100 each to bring with them next time I think a roofer could be hired to complete the job with a bit left over perhaps to help with bills or inside needs. He's maybe making do for other means too. Or a good use for that gofundme site.

ShelliGolden
Community Member
7 years ago

what a shame it's not people like these who become our elected officials. hats off to everyone involved for recognizing a problem, jumping into action and solving it!!

HeatherDerksen
Community Member
7 years ago

Awesome, thanks for your kindness, you don't see this kind of stuff anymore, which is so sad. Keep it up.

JudiBiles
Community Member
7 years ago

There are still good people around

MagdalenaPogorzelska
Community Member
7 years ago

still good people out there!

LeilaniSonza
Community Member
7 years ago

wooooooooooooooooow!

KarlaHeitkamp
Community Member
7 years ago

My eyes are leaking - so impressed with people that are moved to act on their good impulses because so much can be done!!

ShawnteAmbrose
Community Member
7 years ago

Ieindirect,Obzseiheveiren'de, Deteail's Power@ c

CherievanGelder
Community Member
7 years ago

Wonderful!

AaronJethroeReyes
Community Member
7 years ago

The sad fact that kids nowadays are so disrespectful. That's what you get when discipline inside the home is left elsewhere.

MichelBaecke
Community Member
7 years ago

that's the difference between people that think about it, and those that step into action. I like tothink that I belong to the latter. A big feather in your cap!

SusannaVesna
Community Member
7 years ago

Wish there were more people like this!

JenTyler
Community Member
7 years ago

Still plenty of kind and good people out there! Thank goodness! :-)

YanaMitseva
Community Member
7 years ago

Wow! Hats off.

ArohaS
Community Member
7 years ago

Brown ? The undercoat looked better

FilipLopuski
Community Member
7 years ago

Am I the only one who thinks that it turned into ugly after repainting?

LellGee
Community Member
7 years ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

Lovely story shame about the horrible colour!

MartinaVeselá
Community Member
7 years ago

There are still good people out there.

Sudip
Community Member
7 years ago

Hats Off to your contribution Josh Cyganik!!

VandaKildani
Community Member
7 years ago

Amazing Josh Cyganik .... Hats off

TeresaShilling
Community Member
7 years ago

Did the boys that made the remarks end up helping? That would have been great.

Martin
Community Member
7 years ago

Most likely not... and the little punks should be shamed publicly

Load More Replies...
TerriGott
Community Member
7 years ago

God Bless all who helped....

LunaIndigo
Community Member
7 years ago

Things like these restore hope to the world, awesome work

CrackrJax
Community Member
7 years ago

What a thing of beauty, the house, and all the people who helped! Including Josh.

KITTEEEHS
Community Member
7 years ago

Guys, we still have hope for the world :)

GrazWeed
Community Member
7 years ago

Our world today needs more people like you and the volunteers who helped even though they don't know the owner of the house personally! Kudos to all of you!

VivianaV
Community Member
7 years ago

faith in humanity restored

LisaGreene
Community Member
6 years ago

That gives me hope for this world!

DirkDeBeer
Community Member
6 years ago

Well done, good job. Would have liked to see the kids faces after this revamp.

JoAnnSchmidt
Community Member
6 years ago

A beautiful soul, joined by others. Thanks for sharing your story. This is the kind of energy that benefits everyone.

JoAnneKlein
Community Member
6 years ago

Many kudos to Josh! As for these teens who were so disparaging: may they remember their insults and IF they get to live to see 75 years, may they find themselves in need of a helping hand and are overlooked. One way or another, Karma will win.

Annie
Community Member
6 years ago

The only thing is I couldn't have kept it in. I would first comfort the man then do the project. I don't know why. But still, amazing.

Astatine
Community Member
6 years ago

AWESOME!!!The World Still Has Hope

NicoleBenz
Community Member
6 years ago

That is what happens when you not just look after yourself... More people should act that way. Thank you so much!

BellaRose
Community Member
6 years ago

Thats amazing! Thank you for restoring my faith in humanity

SergioAlonso
Community Member
6 years ago

"If you want to change the world, start painting your neighborhood"

CaroleDose
Community Member
6 years ago

You are a hero, Josh Cyganik! I hope your big heart and generosity inspires others to follow the torch you lit. There are sooo many people who need help.

Sonia.Alexandra
Community Member
6 years ago

Good things happen to good people.

DonGuild
Community Member
6 years ago

It is wonderful to see that some people still care, it would have been even better if the boys that made the comment were made to help .

SallyGillies
Community Member
6 years ago

What an uplifting story and so wonderful to do. Thanks for doing it and thanks for sharing. God bless you and all the wonderful people who showed up to help.

MónicaElisabethSacco
Community Member
6 years ago

Thanks!

DianaHockley
Community Member
6 years ago

How terrific! Good for everyone that they gave of their time to help out.

sydney
Community Member
6 years ago

I wish this new home and the older gentleman all the best!! Thank you everyone who helped SO MUCH! To the teens who said the words, thanks for bringing attention to a person in need of some help!! Forgiveness to you!!! We are all imperfect and in forgiving I am healed, in receiving you are given peace too.

BrianAdams
Community Member
7 years ago

I'm just happy there are still good people around.

pony33
Community Member
7 years ago

There are very cool people still in this world... It's too bad that we still have a few little shit heads around..

EmmaPeel
Community Member
7 years ago

Far out! And did you see the good news today re Hampton inn providing shelter to a WWII vet? There are decent people in the world. Unfortunately for the future of the planet, we are the ones who used birth control

KTTrondsen
Community Member
7 years ago

awesome!

NoelStPierre
Community Member
7 years ago

Hats off man ! Glad to here some nice news for a change.

EdGinsberg
Community Member
7 years ago

love it

LauraForish
Community Member
7 years ago

Bravo to all the volunteers, you did a great job!

slywlf
Community Member
7 years ago

Karma will smile on this great bunch of big-hearted folks!

AuntieEm
Community Member
7 years ago

A special place in Heaven for you

SamanthaLucy
Community Member
7 years ago

Such a great uplifting story!

MavisMoneypenny
Community Member
7 years ago

Real life extreme makeover!

MadelynMoydell
Community Member
7 years ago

Your momma raised you right, and same to all of the folks that helped. Bless you all.

DianaCovell
Community Member
7 years ago

That SHOULD be what this world is about. Good work!!!

NigelBrown
Community Member
7 years ago

Kids think they know every thing I've got some news for them Altogether THEY DONT!

ShirleyBond
Community Member
7 years ago

A great thing to do.

ShirleyErikson
Community Member
7 years ago

Many thanks for showing us these startling ,creative ,and beautiful images as some measure of balance in a world so full of unlovely visual material!

KathyGrossman
Community Member
7 years ago

gold stars for you.

cpd228
Community Member
7 years ago

The real Americans!!

MiliMili
Community Member
7 years ago

WOW so nice...Bless their hearths

maggiemoonbeam
Community Member
7 years ago

To the snarky people who commented that the color paint was ugly: Have you considered that it might have been Mr. Bullock's choice? Since Mr. Christensen donated it, I'm sure he gave the gentleman his choice!

captaingrumpy
Community Member
7 years ago

WHEN DOES THE GARDEN GET DONE ???

EvansBaker
Community Member
7 years ago

I am more concern about those kids and what else they might have done or will do to others. I hope their parents read this and go apologize to Mr. Bullock!!!!

BarbaraHarrell
Community Member
7 years ago

Love hearing about good people who take the time to care for a stranger....Bless all of you who volunteered...

pajd
Community Member
7 years ago

Yes there are, and so often we only hear about the bad people...

SAGOULD
Community Member
7 years ago

This is what the internet does best: spontaneous outpouring of kindness.

JulieCanfield
Community Member
7 years ago

Thank God, my faith in humankind is being restored. It's great to hear about others who put others in need before themselves. May you guys be richly blessed.

Roger
Community Member
7 years ago

Thank goodness there are good people out there!!

JocelynTownsend
Community Member
7 years ago

:D faith in humanity, reestablished.

JeanneDeaux
Community Member
7 years ago

That's amazing. Thanks for this man, it's a really beautiful action. As for the boys, they should be pilloried in a public place one week long with the words stupid brat on their forehead. Shame on them!

DianaDaCruzRenta
Community Member
7 years ago

faith in humanity restored!

EthelDobbin
Community Member
7 years ago

They did a wonderful job

CuriousGeorge
Community Member
7 years ago

God bless you all!

bam_
Community Member
7 years ago

WOW!! Kudos!!

Juan-CarlosSaez
Community Member
7 years ago

the miracle of goodwill is what will save us all

AlexandraCondesso
Community Member
7 years ago

Such a beautiful gesture, congrats to all of those who helped!

SherrieLeavelle
Community Member
7 years ago

Bravo!

HulutaIrina
Community Member
7 years ago

Amazing. I am so happy when i can see people doing good things to other people...i hope everybody to learn a lesson and help people not only to judge them because they are poor

AlexandraPavlikova
Community Member
7 years ago

Well done!

DarleneGirard
Community Member
7 years ago

They picked a great colour.. brown gives it a nice old fashioned log-cabin look.. Great job, by all involved!

LaviniaI
Community Member
7 years ago

faith in humanity restored

IamaMaughanster
Community Member
7 years ago

Imagine if everyone took an interest in their own communities, like this gentleman did, what a different place the world would be. Kudos to you and your parents for doing a great job. This is inspiring, truly!

lunanoir69
Community Member
7 years ago

This is beautiful! I also was raised to remember and help my elders and others who need help. This is the way we should ALL respond to someone who needs our help!!

RegianePanico
Community Member
7 years ago

You, Sir, and all the volunteers, have all my respect!

GinetteRochon
Community Member
7 years ago

When I see stories likes this one, it gives hope!!!

CindyLansford
Community Member
7 years ago

This is right. We could make so much difference if we would pay attention, and respond when we see a need. If 100 people had $ 50-100 each to bring with them next time I think a roofer could be hired to complete the job with a bit left over perhaps to help with bills or inside needs. He's maybe making do for other means too. Or a good use for that gofundme site.

ShelliGolden
Community Member
7 years ago

what a shame it's not people like these who become our elected officials. hats off to everyone involved for recognizing a problem, jumping into action and solving it!!

HeatherDerksen
Community Member
7 years ago

Awesome, thanks for your kindness, you don't see this kind of stuff anymore, which is so sad. Keep it up.

JudiBiles
Community Member
7 years ago

There are still good people around

MagdalenaPogorzelska
Community Member
7 years ago

still good people out there!

LeilaniSonza
Community Member
7 years ago

wooooooooooooooooow!

KarlaHeitkamp
Community Member
7 years ago

My eyes are leaking - so impressed with people that are moved to act on their good impulses because so much can be done!!

ShawnteAmbrose
Community Member
7 years ago

Ieindirect,Obzseiheveiren'de, Deteail's Power@ c

CherievanGelder
Community Member
7 years ago

Wonderful!

AaronJethroeReyes
Community Member
7 years ago

The sad fact that kids nowadays are so disrespectful. That's what you get when discipline inside the home is left elsewhere.

MichelBaecke
Community Member
7 years ago

that's the difference between people that think about it, and those that step into action. I like tothink that I belong to the latter. A big feather in your cap!

SusannaVesna
Community Member
7 years ago

Wish there were more people like this!

JenTyler
Community Member
7 years ago

Still plenty of kind and good people out there! Thank goodness! :-)

YanaMitseva
Community Member
7 years ago

Wow! Hats off.

ArohaS
Community Member
7 years ago

Brown ? The undercoat looked better

FilipLopuski
Community Member
7 years ago

Am I the only one who thinks that it turned into ugly after repainting?

LellGee
Community Member
7 years ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

Lovely story shame about the horrible colour!

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