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Metro Paint-A-Thon: A Brush with Kindness

June 24, 2011

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Dozens of low-income seniors will be getting "a brush with kindness" and a free, fresh look for their homes this summer as part of the annual Metro Paint-A-Thon.

The program is really important for those who had always been proud of taking care of everything themselves, says event director Deidre Pope.

"And when they get to where they are not able to physically do it any more for themselves, and they are on a fixed income, they have told us that this is a just really a godsend to them."

The event also is special for the volunteers who get to see a project go from start to finish and share the experience with the homeowners, Pope says.

"They share stories and they eat together and they get to be part of the community in a different way, while making the homeowner also feel like they are a valued part of the community."

Those with physical disabilities are also eligible.

The Metro Paint-A-Thon will be held the first weekend in August and volunteers are still needed. Nearly 6,000 homes have received a fresh coat since the event's inception in 1984.

More information is online at

John Michaelson, Public News Service - MN