'Very special Christmas:' Winnipeg couple overwhelmed by offers of help

What started off as worrisome news delivered during the holiday season has turned into an outpouring of support for Rodney and Doris Pearson.

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More than 100 volunteers have signed up to paint the couple’s Winnipeg home after they received an order from the city this past weekend requiring them to paint the exterior of their home or face the possibility of a $1,000 fine or even jail time.

The painting won't get underway until the spring, but in the meantime a local radio station has helped beautify the home with Christmas lights. The station has also offered to pay the Pearson's electricity bill for the month.

"It's hard to imagine what to say," Doris Pearson, 82, told CTV News. "There are so many people offering and helping. (It's a) very special Christmas."

Earlier this week Rodney Pearson, 76, said he didn't know if he could paint the exterior of the house, the shed and the fence by the city's May 4,, 2016 deadline.

"I could do the fence myself, but I can't do the house," he said. "It's too big, too high."

Pearson no longer has to worry about any of the work, as two local painting companies have offered the couple the required paint supplies, and dozens of volunteers have signed up to paint.

With a report from CTV’s Jill Macyshon


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