If you had the opportunity to help out a neighbor in need, would you? One Harrison County man donates his time to doing just that.
A local painter, Matt Cahill, put a contest on Facebook for a child to get a free room makeover and he chose a young girl from Clarksburg. But how did he make the decision?
"When Makayla was four years old, she started falling and breaking bones. When she turned six they finally gave us a diagnoses of brittle bone disease," said Barbara Abell.
This means she hasn't been able to do a lot of what a young girl should be able to.
"In 12 years she hasn't been able to run or jump or play or ride a bike or participate in sports," said Abell.
"It wasn't a lot of fun. People would worry. I wasn't allowed to do most things the other kids would do," said Makayla Posey.
You may think it's just precaution, but she physically cannot.
"I have had two surgeries to put rods in my femurs," said Makayla.
Since she can't she found some others things that make her happy.
"When I was in 3rd grade I started playing the piano and when I was in fourth grade I started doing singing lessons," said Makayla.
Recently she got involved in painting, which matt said was another reason he felt connected to her. He said he was just raised to help people.
"Coming from where I come from, if someone needs help you help them. You help your neighbor. So what you do, if someone needs help and if it's something you can do, which really it didn't cost anything it was just being nice. Then you go ahead and do that for that person," said Matt Cahill.
Matt even got Makayla her own painting set so she could continue doing something she loved. Now, it started off just having her room painted but then matt got a little extra help.
"Garfield's gave away a free dinner to them. Home Depot gave us supplies locally in Bridgeport, so it just kind of all came together. If there's a kid who has not a lot to look forward to sometimes or has struggles that we don't deal with in our lives, it's just nice that kid has something to look forward to," said Cahill.
Makayla and her mom are just so thankful for what Matt did.
"It was really awesome. It made me really happy. I mean, I knew not many people would get to do it and I've never had good luck so this is like the one time I've had good luck and it was amazing," said Makayla.
Matt said f you can take a little bit of time to do something special someone, you do it. And it's that simple.
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