WOBURN - Many Woburn and area TV watchers on Sunday morning were surprised to find a Woburn story sandwiched between major national and international news items and featured a humanitarian effort by a Woburn electrician John Kinney and tradespeople who came to help a 72-year-old woman in the city.
They were described by a commentator as “ home repair heroes” on the CBS “Sunday Morning” show. The show is a highly-ranked one with Jane Pauley as the host.
TV broadcaster Steve Hartman at the very start pointed out: “Last month, 72-year-old Gloria Scott called John Kinney, an electrician in Woburn, Mass., to fix a ceiling fixture.”
But he soon discovered Scott's house was in total disrepair, from a lack of running water to broken lights. She was too poor to make any repairs – and too prideful to ask for help. So, Kinney returned and started repairing her home for free, and called on other tradespeople to join him. Hartman reports on the inspiring renovation job by a crew dubbed "Gloria's Gladiators."
The pleas soon hit Facebook and other Internet outlets, and soon, it was pointed out a small army of tradespeople descended on the house to do their thing.
The TV footage and photos showed nothing but smiles on their faces.
The list of “Gloria’s Gladiators” on Facebook included:
New School Tree Service
Arlmont Fuel Corp
Mahoney’s Garden Center
Harrows Chicken Pies
Timpani Property Maintenance Carpentry and Painting
Dejager Bulb Company
Lisa Grammer Painting Services
FR Lyons Son LLC
Trombas Plastering and General Contracting
Luna Beans Rubs And Things