Volunteers paint their hearts out for low-income Tampa residents

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA)—More than 2,500 volunteers will make the neighborhoods of Tampa more beautiful this Saturday by participating in the 28th Annual Paint Day for Paint Your Heart Out Tampa.

Spending your Saturday morning up early and covered in paint might not be everyone’s idea of a good time, but for these volunteers, there is no place they would rather be.

“I really enjoy this work. Every time I do service work, I find people that are so inspiring, so dedicated and love what they do,” said volunteer Ally Pazzi.

Painting their hearts out, Saturday marked the 28th time thousands of volunteers have picked up their brushes and rollers, lending their services to low-income, elderly residents in the Bay area like homeowner Gloria Baker.

“This is a real blessing,” Baker simply said.

Time, paint and some TLC is the gift that keeps on giving in the mission to keep the city beautiful.

“But for these volunteers, some of these seniors houses would fall into disrepair, they would get code violations, it would start a cycle of bad issues. To know that we are taking care of the folks who aren’t able to take care of themselves really shows that Tampa has a heart,” said Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn.

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