LEE COUNTY, Fla.- A North Fort Myers family falling on hard times and dealing with mounting medical bills got a much-needed surprise Thursday. Donors and partners of "Builders Care" began work on a free roof renovation.
Christina Hunt held back tears as workers moved in, arriving in work trucks adorned with bows and balloons.
"We bought a house that needed to be fixed up, and we decided to pay it off first. We paid it off, then I got sick," she said.
Christina came down with a rare form of pneumonia in 2010 and collapsed into a coma. She continues to suffer severe health complications including respiratory failure, congestive heart failure, memory loss, as well as trouble walking and speaking. She requires her husband David's constant care.
On her situation, Christina said, "It's been a struggle. I'm very tired. I sleep 20 hours a day, but I'm very lucky that I've been blessed that I live in Lee County."
Builders Care provides free emergency construction for elderly and disabled Lee County homeowners. The non-profit partners with companies that donate the materials and labor. In this case, it was Crowther Roofing. The company has been flooded with calls after this week's storms, but Christina and David's roof took priority.
"In this case, their house was literally falling in around them. They really really needed some help and I'm so happy that David and Christina got the help that they need, because sometimes people that really need it just fall through the cracks," Executive Director Heidi Taulman said.
Christina will head into another surgery soon. The new roof means she will have one less worry while she recuperates.
Builders Care volunteers are working to serve more than 100 people who have been nominated to receive services. For information on how to nominate a neighbor, or to become a Builders Care donor, click here.