ALLBRiGHT 1-800-PAINTING is extremely proud to announce that we completed painting the home of our 6th Annual Paint-It-Forward Charity recipient, Keri Ross, on Saturday, March 12, 2011. The Paint-It-Forward Charity Giveaway has been the highlight of our company year after year for the past six years, and this one was no exception.
It was a beautiful day – we couldn’t have asked for better weather (we had postponed a couple of times already due to rain). We rolled up on her street as a company at 7:00 am sharp to start the fun. Keri and her son Josh were up early and awaiting our arrival with excitement. Some of the neighbors started to peer out their windows to take a look at what was going on. They were a little surprised when they saw all of our ALLBRiGHT 1-800-PAINTINGvans, along with a hot dog cart and popcorn machine surrounding the neighborhood, so they knew something was much different about this neighbor getting her house painted, and they were right.
The Ross family suffered a tremendous tragedy this past May. Keri’s husband, Brad, suffered a massive heart attack at their home and passed away at Henry Mayo Hospital. He was only 42 years old. Keri is now left to raise their young 7-year-old son alone.
The plan to paint the exterior of the Ross family home went off without a hitch. All 25 of us broke out into teams, like the masking team, the prep team and the painting team. It went so smooth that we finished by lunchtime. Everyone was having a good time working together as a team and some of our guys brought their children to be a part of the giving experience. Josh Ross, who is 7 years old, was having the best time running around playing with the other kids and helping us paint. He surprised all of us by making a very special double-decker cake complete with a replica of his home made of candy on top. We were all so amazed at how creative it was and by his generous heart. Keri’s words of “What a blessing this is” and Josh’s chant (along with the other kids) of “ALLBRiGHT Rocks! ALLBRiGHT Rocks!” kept us all motivated.
We are honored to have the opportunity once again to “Paint It Forward” to those who are working through difficult hardships by providing them with painting services and adding some brightness to their lives.