Phoenix-Talent SD family gives back big to community

SOUTHERN OREGON, —A Phoenix-Talent School District family is giving back to the community and hoping others pay it forward.

The Pariseau family is new to Orchard Hill Elementary, but in their short time have made a huge impact. Kenny and his wife Rebecca have two young daughters.

One day his kindergartner came back from school after hearing a classmate was in a need of a wheelchair ramp installed at their house.

Kenny a handyman himself, stays busy hanging Christmas lights in the winter and had extra profits from that.

“I showed up to the PTA and I just told them I already have the funds, let’s just buy the best one it can get. So we had a bit of red tape to cut through, but once we got past that we got the wheelchair ramp up before Christmas,” said Pariseau.

Kenny didn’t stop there, he fixed the family’s broken gutter, got them a Christmas Tree, did their Christmas lights and even gave them gift cards he collected from the community.  He estimates the total project cost $2,500.

“They were surprised, they were shocked and said why are you doing this and I said this is what I do,” said Pariseau.

Kenny, Rebecca, and their two daughters have been nominated for “Family Focus” by a school staff member for their act of kindness. Orchard Hill Elementary School principal Brandon Hammon says their generosity will trickle down in the community.

“You have educators and you have parents, if you can have those two come together that is when you’re gonna see the greatest success. That’s when you have a parent like Mr. Pariseau seeing a need and acting on that need, that’s where we’ll have the most success,” said Hammon.

This isn’t the first time the Pariseaus have given back to the community either.

After the Almeda Fire, the family decided to start a company called Rogue Relief Renovations where he helps people impacted with construction needs or Christmas lights.

But he doesn’t keep the funding, he says he funnels it back out into the community in the form of special projects or landscaping work.

“My hope is that this can multiply, that people down the road wanna help me do what I’m doing to spread the cheer more.” said Pariseau.

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Jenna King is the 6pm anchor and our Feature Reporter at 10pm and 11pm for NBC5 News. Jenna is a Burbank, CA native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sports Business. During her time at Oregon she was part of the student-run television station, Duck TV. She also grew her passion for sports through her internship with the PAC 12 Network. When Jenna is not in the newsroom you can find her rooting for her hometown Dodgers, exploring the outdoors or binging on the latest Netflix release.
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