FORT MYERS, Fla- Lee County is now taking bids for the demolition of a house where a woman lived with her dead mother for more than a year. WINK News has your exclusive look inside Gail Andrews home in Fort Myers.
There appears to be a glimmer of hope for Andrews. The community is coming together to offer help, in the hopes of keeping her from becoming homeless.
Gail Andrews struggles each time she opens her home to volunteers.
"It's difficult. Each person who comes reacts. But some people are more accepting than others," Andrews said.
Layers of trash, dusty figurines, and forgotten furniture litter Andrew's home, but her army of volunteers is now hoping to turn that around. They're working day and night to manage the mess. A local contractor has also stepped forward and contacted the county about repairing the decaying home for free.
"It does seem promising. He seems in addition to that, genuinely interested in his heart to help out in this situation," Joan LaGuardia of the Lee County Department of Community Development said.
Still, the county's moving forward with plans to bulldoze the property within a month. They're hoping the promised help will pan out, but they say there's more to be considered than just the house.
"We're concerned about her ability to fully understand what's happening, and to be an active participant and decision maker in the process," LaGuardia said.
a Department of Children and Families caseworker's been in touch with Andrews since June, and volunteers hope a little love will go a long way toward changing her life.
"I'm just blessed to have all these wonderful people. Complete strangers have come forward to help, complete strangers," Andrews said.
Lowes, Home Depot, and Walmart have all contributed to Andrew's cause. Volunteers are planning a major workday on Saturday. The county says if the home is completely cleaned up, it will not be bulldozed.
If you'd like to help, contact Kay Haering at 574-2076.