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Shreveport volunteers improve arthritic woman's home, it's for the 22nd Paint Your Heart Out

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Hundreds of volunteers got up early to help someone in need Saturday. The 22nd Annual Paint Your Heart Out Shreveport was held. The event's main sponsor is Capital One Bank, and it's meant to help the disabled and elderly spruce up their homes.
Volunteers painted, planted and built their hearts out all over Shreveport. It's to make our community a little brighter and help out a neighbor in need.
"What a blessing God has bestowed upon me," Annie Grundy, a benefiting homeowner, said.
Grundy's home is getting two coats of paint, flowers and a new rocking bench. They are improvements she has trouble making on her own. Grundy says she's suffering with arthritis, and it hurts to bend and move around.
"I'm a single lady, living here," Grundy said. "I have to work and have to come home mow the yard and do things for myself. I'm getting up in age and it's hard."
More than 1000 volunteers have taken up rollers and brushes to paint around 70 homes in Shreveport. Last year, only 39 homes got improvements. Chris Haskew, Capital One's regional market president, hopes to help out 100 homeowners like Grundy next year. He's also calling for more volunteers to join the cause and help out a neighbor.
"Obviously, we all take pride in our homes," Haskew said. "I think we all do as homeowners. I these individuals do, as well."
Grundy is grateful for the new home she'll enjoy for years to come. In all, 40 volunteers helped spruce up Grundy's property. Grundy says her favorite part of the improvements is the flower bed in front of her home. If you'd like to volunteer for next year's Paint Your Heart Out Shreveport, follow this link.
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