Published: Nov 26, 2013 5:50 PM EST

CAPE CORAL, Fla.- An elderly Cape Coral woman received a new roof Tuesday, at no cost.  Volunteers with Builders Care and Roof Smart surprised Joan Annunzio, 78 at her home on Alabar Lane.

Annunzio has lived in her Cape Coral home for almost 28 years.  She says the roof has leaked in several spots for some time.  Builders Care chose Annunzio after learning how she takes care of her neighbors, despite her failing eyesight and heart condition. 

Annunzi choked back tears.

"Thank you. I'm just so overwhelmed, " she said.

The roof replacement is valued at $6,500.

Volunteers got right to work Tuesday, stripping the old shingles on donated time. 

"What a true amazing gift this holiday season to be able to give to somebody," Builders Care Executive Director Heidi Taulman said.

All the materials for the project are donated as well.  Work will continue Wednesday, with hopes to have it finished before Thanksgiving on Thursday.

"She's not going to have to be worried about anything any longer," Peter Simeone, who co-owns Roof Smart of Southwest Florida said.

"You're going to come down and look at this house, and it's going to be an entirely different house."

Annunzio's roof is Builders Care's 25th project this year and 158th to date.  Officials estimate another 40 have applied for roof replacements, with another 100 or so applicants for other types of services.

Builders Care plans to surprise more families in Lee County this holiday season. 

To learn more, or to find out how to apply, click here.