This morning seemed like a good morning to honour the firefighters of the world who have done everything from saving parts of the Notre-Dame Cathedral to painting homes in Florida. There is a program called Paint Your Heart Out Tampa who’s website states that its mission “is to enrich lives and renew our community through annual volunteer efforts to paint and beautify our senior, veteran, or disabled neighbors’ homes…one paint brush at a time.” The group has 75,000 volunteers who have painted 3,000 houses, according to the site. That includes dozens of members of the Hillsborough County Fire Rescue and their families who took time out of their lives recently to paint the home of William Velez, 89, and his wife.
Velez is a blind World War II veteran whose impairment has made him unable to keep up his home as he would have liked. He told volunteers that he had last painted the home himself 17 years ago. So they took care of it for him, and even installed new smoke alarms in the home. Volunteer Ken Forward told Fox station WTVT that it’s natural for firefighters to give back to the community. “To assist the community, to serve the community, and that’s what we’re doing today,” Forward said.
So here’s to the Firefighters out there, those who offer their time and occasionally their lives, in service to their neighbours to protect their homes, their lives, their well-being, and who often take extra time that they have precious little of to volunteer to improve their communities even further. Read more about this group and their effort in your Good News Story of the Day here.
Story and Image from Fox News.