William Cookson, a resident of Salina, Kansas, had started painting his house, but before he could finish, orders came in for him to deploy to Kuwait with his Kansas Army National Guard unit.
According to KAKE:
The Military Affairs Council at the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce got word of the unfinished paint job. So folks with the chamber contacted instructors in the Diesel Technology Program at the Salina Area Technical College to get their help.
Diesel Instructor Mike Parker said all 40 of their students volunteered to help paint. Parker said, "We're just trying to come out here and help somebody in the community that needs help."
Student Austin Workman said, "Not a lot of us college students got a lot of money, but we do have a lot of time. So, this is the easiest way and the most thoughtful way of giving back."
Salina businesses donated paint and equipment for the job.
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