August 8, 2015

Josh Cyganik - a Good Samaritan in Pendleton, Oregon

Josh Cyganik is a railroad track inspector for the Union Pacific Railroad. He is stationed in Pendleton, Oregon. 

Josh Cyganik (L); Leonard Bullock (R)
For the past four years, when he has left for work he has waved to a neighbor, Leonard Bullock, age 75.  They didn't really talk. 

One morning in July of 2015, Josh saw two teenagers in front of Leonard's house and they were saying:  "Look at this crappy house. They just need to burn it down!"

Josh saw that Leonard heard these comments and could see that the man was troubled by those remarks.  Leonard is a retired forklift operator and he and his wife, Dorothy, live on a small pension and can't afford to fix up the house. 

The Good Samaritan reaches
out to others in need, selflessly.
Josh stepped up and decided to help Leonard and Dorothy. He approached some of his railroad comrades and went to social media asking for volunteers to paint the house. 

A nearby Tum-a-Lum Lumber store graciously donated the paint for the project and some lumber for a repair to the porch. 

About 20 volunteers showed up on July 18, 2015, and the house was freshly painted. By the end of day about 100 people had volunteered at the house. Starbucks donated water and iced tea. 

The porch was fixed and some new patio furniture was donated to the couple. 

Josh is currently searching for a roofing company to volunteer to fix the shingles on the house. 

Josh thanks all who contributed to making this project a success. He says that he was raised to respect his elders and to extend kindness to those who don't have much. 

Josh is a Good Samaritan. 

God bless him and all who come to the aid of strangers. Amen. 

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