An act of ‘Love thy Neighbor’ began with ridicule

By Jennifer Felten

Last month, 75-year-old Leonard Bullock was the recipient of a kind gesture by one of his neighbors. The neighbor, Josh Cyganic, had waved to Leonard every morning for about 4 years as he walked by on his daily route to work. The two had never spoken until Josh overheard a couple teenager suggesting that Leonard’s house be burned down due to its state of disrepair.

Josh saw the hurt on Leonard’s face when the comments were uttered and set about to do something to rectify the situation. Indeed, Cyganic posted a photo of Leonard’s home on Facebook, told the story, and asked for donations and volunteers to repaint the home. The post went viral, being shared more than 6,000 times and when the day came to paint the house more than 100 volunteers showed up to work. Many did not know Leonard or Josh, but were moved by the story to take action. The owner of a local supply store, Tum-a-Lum Lumber, was so moved that he donated the paint and some other supplies. Donations also came in from many who couldn’t be there, and others came by just to drop off food and drinks for the workers, including a local Starbucks who donated six gallons of water and iced tea.

Since then, even the supply store has also taken action to construct a new porch for the home and others have purchased new outdoor furniture. It’s a true testament that one person can make a difference.


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Jennifer Felten

Jennifer Felten


Jennifer Felten, Esq., Partner, LLP,, 699 Hampshire Road, Suite 105, Westlake Village, CA 91361, (805) 265-1031, [email protected].  Ms. Felten specializes in representing both individuals and legal entities, providing representation and guidance on a variety of real estate related matters.



Upcoming Speaking Engagements for Ms. Felten

Jennifer Felten, Esq. will be speaking at the following events:RELAW, APC will have a booth at the California Escrow Association’s 60th Annual Education Conference on Friday, October 23th and Saturday, October 24th. Jennifer Felten, Esq. will also be speaking at the Conference on Saturday at 10:15 a.m. on the topic “Social Media: What Would My Lawyer Say?” 

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