- Associated Press - Friday, September 9, 2016

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) - A high school football team in Jackson is planning to retouch a 96-year-old World War II veteran’s home with a fresh coat of paint.

The East Jackson High School football team is scheduled to repaint Maynard Bunce’s little, one-story house on the south side on Sept. 17, MLive (https://bit.ly/2cKTg97 ) reported.

“I love football,” Bunce said. “If they paint my house and make it look halfway decent that will be a fine job.”

Bunce’s friend, 81-year-old Jim Bayne, is a volunteer with Catholic Charities and helps Bunce get around. Bayne will buy the paint for the football team, and Billy White Roofing and Habitat are providing the supplies.

“Jim is great,” Bunce said. “I’m telling you, I am the most fortunate person in the world to get acquainted with him. I feel so ashamed that I did everything myself, but I can’t now.”

A skilled painter is also coming to guide the football players.

The community’s generosity has come at a time in which it really matters to Bunce, who lives on public assistance. Bunce recently filed police reports for two burglaries that cost him $2,300.

“People are coming in here, knocking him down, taking his money, how can you justify that?” Bayne said.

Bunce said he doesn’t know if the person stealing from him is a relative, stranger or acquaintance, but that he’s learned the importance of honesty from both the experience and his long life.

“The one thing I believe is to tell the absolute truth no matter what, even if it hurts.”


Information from: Jackson Citizen Patriot, https://www.mlive.com/jackson

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