When Gloria Scott’s light fixture went out last month, she called the electrician—like most people. But 72-year-old Scott, like many senior citizens, lives on a limited budget. And sometimes calling a repairperson might mean sacrificing something else necessary. It shouldn’t have to be this way. Fortunately, the electrician she called turned out to be her hero.
When electrician John Kinney showed up, he was distressed to see Scott’s house in disrepair.
“No lights, running water,” Kinney told CBS. “I [saw] her on a Friday and it stuck with me over the weekend…I said, “I got to go back there.'”
Kinney indeed went back to Scott’s house and started working on much-needed repairs. And he didn’t ask for any financial compensation, either. He also set up a “Nice old lady needs help” Facebook page so other people could see that Scott needed some help.
“She has no family, and money is tight. I got some volunteers together and we went in there and did a ton of yard work and cleanup. Everyone did an amazing job, and this nice old woman was very grateful. It’s simply just not enough though,” Kinney wrote.
The generous response from Scott’s Woburn, Massachusetts community was overwhelming.
Since that day a month ago, thanks to the community, Scott’s home has gotten new a new plumbing system, new windows, repairs to the walls and ceilings, new electrical system, and fixed front steps and porch. Neighbors also donated their time to help clean up Scott’s yard and plant.
“Look at these people!” Scott exclaimed. “I can’t even comprehend the gratitude that I have.”
Kinney decided that other senior citizens should also benefit from the kindness of their neighbors. He set up an initiative called Gloria’s Gladiators to inspire others to help the elderly in their communities. “We are a group of professional tradesmen and volunteers that can be called upon to help out any elderly person in need,” reads the group’s Facebook description. And just a quick scroll through the page shows just how many people are willing to take time out of their day and help an elderly person in need.
“It’s just — there’s no words for it, you know,” Kinney said.
“It’s not going to end with this house though either, is it?” CBS asked him.
“I don’t want it to,” he said. ” And that’s why we put a name to it — the Gloria’s Gladiators — and we want to keep going with this.”