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Volunteers paint veteran's home as part of MLK Day service

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PHOENIX -

With Monday being Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, some people in the valley are honoring his legacy and showing their appreciation for the sacrifice of our military personnel.

The City of Mesa's Neighbors Helping Neighbors Program coordinated with HandsOn Greater Phoenix on a community service project to help paint the exterior of a retired disabled Air Force veteran's home.

Larry Arenas, a master sergeant in the Air Force, retired years ago with a disability and needs a cane to walk. He was the perfect choice for this day of service.

"They are helping me with gutters and painting, peeling, you name it, just physically couldn't do it," said Arenas.

The city provides the paint and volunteers do the work.

"I feel it's very important to give back to the community and the place where you live. I think everyone has the responsibility to give back and make better the place where they live," said Giovanni Mustaca, a volunteer.

Other volunteers followed Giovanni's advice. For many volunteers, this is the best way to honor Martin Luther King and help a neighbor.

"The least we can do is come out here on this beautiful morning and help him paint his home as a little bit of thank you," said Francisco Avalis.

They started painting at 8 a.m. and finished by noon. With this fresh coat of paint, Arenas' house is no longer an eye sore.

Video: FOX 10's Diane Ryan reports.

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