By Michael Abeyta

DENVER (CBS4) – Some neighbors banded together on Saturday to show hate is not welcome in their neighborhood. They put their words into action with paint brushes.

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“It’s wonderful to see people come together off of something tragic and something positive come out of it,” Kenneth Jenkins said.

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In March, someone spray painted the outside of Kenneth and his wife’s home with racial slurs including a noose. Kenneth considers it a threat. At the time, the couple didn’t feel very welcome in their neighborhood.

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“I feel disappointed. I feel let down,” Kenneth said. Devin echoed her husband’s sentiment saying, “(I’m) kind of mortified.”

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They weren’t on Saturday though. A group of their neighbors came out to their house to give it a little TLC.

They enlisted a local painter, and, with the help of Sherwin-Williams, painted their entire house for free.

“It was amazing to even have someone even offer,” said Kenneth.

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Volunteer Callie Murray says it wasn’t hard to find people willing to pick up a brush.

“We’ve had a lot of positive support from the community so once the word got out that we were trying to do it people were really eager to help,” she said.

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They were so eager not even a mid-morning thunderstorm could stop them for long. In the end, Devin and Kenneth were thrilled with how their house came out.

“It looks great. I couldn’t be more pleased” says Devin.

Those who showed up and painted say they hope this will send a message to the rest of their neighbors that love will always beat hate.

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“The more time we spend positively impacting our community the less space there is for everything else,” Callie said.

Michael Abeyta