Electrician Becomes 72-Year-Old Woman’s Knight In Shining Armor

Like many elderly Americans, Gloria Scott of Woburn, Mass., lives on a limited income. Sometimes, that means making hard choices. If money’s tight, home repair and maintenance are often the first things to fall by the wayside. When Scott’s overhead light fixture went out, however, she decided living in the dark wouldn’t do. Though she knew her budget would take a hit, she called in electrician John Kinney to make the necessary repairs. Little did the 72-year-old know, she wasn’t just getting an electrician, she was getting a knight in shining armor as well. Deeply troubled by the extreme state of disrepair he found Scott’s house in, Kinney couldn’t get the woman’s desperate situation out of his head. It stuck with him over the weekend, and that’s when he decided he would round up some troops to come to Scott’s rescue. Kinney set up a “nice old lady needs help” Facebook page to solicit other local tradespeople to lend a hand. With an impressive chunk of the community rallying to the call, Scott’s home has received new electrical and plumbing systems, new windows, and extensive repairs to the crumbling walls, ceilings, front steps and porch. Outside, neighbors toiled on landscape cleanup and a new planting project. The project was such a success that Kinney decided to take it to the next level. Naming the initiative Gloria’s Gladiators, he hopes to inspire a legion of like-minded knights in shining armor — electric or otherwise — to help needy seniors in their own communities. To say Gloria Scott is grateful is an understatement.