A good deed never goes unnoticed. But it could get tied up in government red tape for about a year.
That's what happened to Hannah Cooper and Brittney Nice, two 11-year-olds who simply asked whether they could paint over the graffiti covering an underpass on Interstate 390.
"It just kind of annoyed us that people would write on it," Hannah said. "There's swear words and stuff."
The Dansville girls had asked the state more than a year ago for permission and a little paint to cover the graffiti. But agency after agency shunted them. Then months of state budget talks held up their request.
Hannah and Brittney even offered to pay for the paint but still heard nothing back.
Monday, Hannah and Brittney got the call that they had been waiting for: highway officials saying that five gallons of state-issued paint, rollers and paint trays were available.
Part of the problem might have been that good-deed requests are a rarity from the public. Highway officials were not sure how to handle it.