|Published:||Dec 02, 2013 1:33 PM EST|
|Updated:||Dec 02, 2013 4:54 PM EST|
LEE COUNTY, Fla. - A Lee County homeowner is getting a brand new start for the holidays.
Bob Wingo and his wife Judy shared their Tice home for more than 40 years, raising their 3 children there together.
In less than 2 hours Monday, volunteers razed the property to the ground.
After years of health problems, Wingo and his wife were unable to keep the property in decent condition. In fact, Wingo says the conditions inside his home reached the point of "deplorable."
"Everything was so dilapidated," Wingo said. "I just had to pick out a place to exist and carry on."
An overwhelming smell of mold overtook the home, and sunlight shone through parts of the roof. Wingo refused to move in with his son in Lehigh Acres, since it meant he would be farther from his wife's nursing home.
A neighbor who saw Wingo's home referred him to the non-profit Builders Care. Upon inspecting the home, builders decided it would be better to start fresh -- demolish the house and rebuild another in its place.
"It (was) truly an unsafe structure," said Butch Ritter, President of Builders Care.
The goal is to present Wingo with a new home, furniture and yard within 17 days. Helping in this mission include dozens of local businesses including Lennar Homes, and more than a hundred volunteers.
This is the second complete rebuild Builders Care has undertaken, but since 2005, the group has tackled more than 150 construction projects for disabled and disadvantaged homeowners. The total contribution of time and supplies since 2005 is estimated at $2.7 million.
"All these people, what's happening here -- I appreciate everyone of them. I really do," Wingo said.