71 years old Jimmy Curcuru and his 72 years old wife Marilyn lived in a modest home in the town of Gloucester, Massachusetts, for more than 50 years. In it they raised three children and ran a small frame-making business, but because of their age and health problems the business had to close. Over the years, the house fell into disaray, and one day Jimmy found a hurtful note in the mailbox from an anonymous neighbour. "Please paint me! The house is an eyesore," it said.

The family's story was shared on Facebook by their daughter Michelle. It turned out that in 2006, Jimmy suffered a heart attack and bypass surgery. His business had to shut down for a few months, but it never really got off the ground afterward. Curcuru also developed kidney problems due to the medication he was taking after the surgery. Marilyn, on the other hand, has suffered from multiple sclerosis for more than 10 years and has been bedridden for the past four years. In order to take care of her mother, their oldest daughter, Linen, had to quit her job.

Famous house in the neighborhood. Source: Facebook

Curcuru's daughter said her father had always been neat, but health problems made home repairs both physically and financially impossible. When she heard about the note, she posted it on social media, and was met with many sympathizers: the very next day, people were offering to paint the house, and the mayor of Gloucester asked in the comments how she could help.

Facade maintenance. Source: Facebook

The next day, Curcuru's neighbor created a page on GoFundMe, local news outlets began telling the story, and in a few days more than $48,000 was raised for repairs. The money will go toward painting, repairing the house's leaking roof, and replacing rotten paneling and some of the windows, which haven't been updated since the 1950s.

The spouses needed help. Source: Facebook

"Jimmy and Marilyn are good neighbors. The real eyesore is the pathetic, ignorant, cowardly man who left the note," sympathizers wrote.

Source: goodhouse.com

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