When one of the Norwalk Senior Center's buses was vandalized a week ago, it wasn't the first time Executive Director Paul Palermo had seen it.
"This is the third time in the last two and half years," he says.
Thursday Palermo received a $1,000 check from Aetna health insurance to repair the damage.
A week ago, the center discovered antennas had been torn off one of the buses. The "Norwalk Senior Center" decals on the side of the bus had been mostly removed, and a latch on the bus' rear wheelchair life had been broken off.
"We understood [the buses] are important for helping members come to the senior center, as well as getting grocery shopping and vital errands done," says Debra Williams, market vice president for Aetna.
"A number of our members no longer drive," Palermo says. "And a lot of them can no longer use public transportation. They can't walk the distance or stand in the weather anymore to wait for a bus."
Palermo says buses and the center's sign have been vandalized before. And he thinks it's been the same person each time: the letters you're seeing here are what the vandal leaves every time.
"If this person could see how they're affecting the seniors in our community, I'd have to think they would have a second thought," he says.
Palermo says outreach from Aetna and donations from neighbors should cover the center's $1,000 insurance deductible.
"This just shows me there are far more good people in the world than there are bad," he says.