Anita Mounce, a recipient of Paint the Town 2013, was thrilled to see more than 35 volunteers in her front yard on Saturday, June 8, each wanting to help breathe new life into her Norwood home through a fresh coat of paint. “I was so joyful!” Anita exclaimed, expressing her appreciation for the thoughtfulness of the volunteers that day.
Originally born in Kentucky, Anita eventually moved to Norwood as a young woman. A resident of Norwood for more than 50 years, she has seen the neighborhood go through many changes.
Today, Anita is a widow who isn’t able to care for the exterior of the house in all the ways she would like to. Between her regular living expenses and increasing medical bills, it can sometimes be hard for Anita
to make ends meet. For that reason, she was thrilled when she heard that she had been selected as a recipient for this year’s event. “I feel like I’ve got a new house!” Anita said, explaining that she had tears of joy when she saw her freshly painted home.
Anita learned about Paint the Town through the City of Norwood which helped to inform local residents through its public access television programming.
Anita’s home was one of 34 Norwood homes painted on Saturday June 8, 2013. Again this year, more than 1,000 volunteers worked throughout the day to make Paint the Town a success. Now in it’s 12th year, the event has continually grown since 2002, when 130 volunteers began by painting 4 homes.
“It’s such a blessing!” Anita exclaimed, thankful to everyone who was a part of Paint the Town 2013.
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