Paint­ing a brighter fu­ture for dev­as­tated home­own­ers

The Advance of Bucks County - - BRISTOL AREA -

Staff re­ports

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.

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