Painting a brighter future for devastated homeowners
BRISTOL -- When Bristol Township Councilwoman Amber Longhitano explained the plight of three Levittown homeowners to Dow’s Brian Albright, plant manager of the Bristol site, his immediate response was, “What can we do to help?”
A few weeks later, a Sherwin Williams truck filled with many cans of high-quality paint pulled up in front of the home of haren and Mark Hogan, victims of a sewer back up which ruined and destroyed walls, furniture and the Hogan’s sense of well-being. The cost of the damageW tens of thousands of dollars. Dow, which makes products that are used in paints at the Bristol site, partnered with the local Sherwin Williams store to donate 75 gallons of paint to the three homeowners affected by the sewer backup.
“haren and Mark are so grateful; thank you from the bottom of our hearts,” said Pat Smith, the sister of haren Hogan as she and 6-year-old nephew Jordon Bentley ushered the paint delivery into the house. “It’s something to see a community come together; it makes you feel that there’s hope everywhere again.”
According to Councilwoman Longhitano, the response from the community has been nothing short of a miracle.
“Township residents and businesses raised A12,000 to help these families and the money came from every corner — from Dow and Sherwin Williams with their free paint, to folks who have very little themselves who donated five dollar bills. It’s restored my faith in community.”
“When you get the right people involved there isn’t anything you can’t do,” she added.
Members of the community have also volunteered to help paint the Hogan home.
“We’re happy that Dow, the Paint nuality Institute and Sherwin Williams could play a role towards a positive outcome for these families, “said Albright.
From left are (front) Jordan Bentley, (back) Pat Smith, Charles Parrish, Manager of Sherwin Williamsí Street Road Store in Bensalem, Sean Fullerton, Manager of Sherwin Williamsí Woodhaven Mall Store in Bensalem, (front) Debbie Zimmer, Dowís Paint Quality Institute Paint and Color Trends Expert, and Brian Albright, plant manager of Dowís Bristol Site.