Mundane? Maybe. Dangerous? Most definitely. But one way window washing may never have been described is “heroic.” However, a group of window washers made their job decidedly heroic when they donned superhero costumes to wash the windows of the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
As the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review first reported, the excited kids couldn’t believe that the superheroes were right outside their windows, spraying away from 12 floors up. One 6-year-old “raced through a third-floor clinic[….]to ogle Spider-Man, Batman and Superman as they sprayed and wiped clean the glass panes.”
And according to Edward Matuizek, president of Allegheny Window Cleaning of Springdale, Pa, whose company absorbed the expense of the costumes, it was the washers and the company who felt most rewarded. “All the guys had tears of joy in their eyes behind the costumes,” he told the UK’s Daily Mail. “It was very touching and overwhelming how excited the children were.”
The superhero stunt – performed by washers dressed in Batman, Spider-Man, Superman and Captain America costumes – was inspired by a similar plan at the Evelina Children’s Hospital at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London. That story attracted the attention of Matuizek’s wife Michelle, who also works as the office manager of Allegheny Window Cleaning. The couple approached the hospital (a client), and then lined up $800 in theater-quality superhero costumes and four experienced window washers to wear them for two hours.
At Liberty Mutual Insurance, we applaud the initiative shown by the Matuizek family and their employees to brighten their surrounding community. Through a bit of imagination and a lot of generosity, the folks at Allegheny Window Cleaning have made a lasting impact on the kids of the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and beyond.
We also love how this act was inspired by a similar inspiring action in London. In the same spirit of paying it forward, we wanted to help sustain the positive momentum and kindness demonstrated toward the hard workers and brave patients at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. That’s why we’ve pledged to make a donation to the hospital to encourage more small (but super) acts of kindness.
After all, sometimes it just takes a regular guy in a costume to make an everyday job the work of a superhero. Tell us, what have you done lately to inject some unexpected good deeds into your everyday routines?