Simple job becomes Christmas mission
A simple roofing job has become a Christmas mission for Bruce and Carolyn Robinson.
According to Carolyn, her husband came home from a roofing bid with his heart set on doing more than repair a roof for Dorothy Richardson.
Richardson, 78, who has lived in the same Doyline home for 55 years, was recently awarded a government grant to pay for the cost of repair for her deteriorating roof. She enlisted the help of Robinson through his business Best Around Roofing and Remodeling of Doyline.
"My husband came in that day and said, 'Carolyn this lady needs more help than a roof. Her windows need repair and her siding is wood and it is rotting off the side of the house," Carolyn recalled.
"He said, ' I don't care if I make a nickel off this job. I want to find out if we get this job if I can turn around and give this money back to this lady where she can get her windows and her siding and the sheetrock where the roof leaked – get it fixed,'" Carolyn continued.
Richardson said the government required that she submit three bids. The decision was out of her hands, but she believes in the power of prayer.
"I had to submit three bids and (Robinson) was one of them," Richardson said. "I liked him from the first, so I was praying that he got the job. And he got it."
According to Carolyn, she and her husband "fell in love" with Richardson and it seems the feeling is mutual.
"We have just fell in love with one another," Richardson said. "It seems like I have been knowing them all my life, but I just met them."
With Christmas quickly approaching, the couple went to work getting donations from other giving hearts in order to give Richardson a present she won't soon forget.
By the time the Robinson's are finished with her home, along with her new roof, Richardson will have new sheetrock and paint in three rooms that have water damage from the leaking roof, new windows and siding.
"I just love it," Richardson said. "This is the best Christmas I have ever had."
Last weekend, volunteers joined the Robinson's in replacing Richardson's roof. Carolyn said replacement of rotten decking and repair of the roof were made possible by donations of oriented strand board (OSB) from Howard Lumber and felt and shingles from Roofing Supply Group (RSG) of Shreveport. Clean up was also made easy with the donation of a dumpster from Get Rid Of It America.
The next phase of the project, to repair water damage in the three rooms, is already under way. Carolyn said this phase is easier thanks to donations of paint rollers and brushes from Minden Walmart, 10 sheets of sheetrock, 10 boxes of mud and four rolls of tape from Home Improvement Outlet of Minden.
"We wanted Minden to know if it wasn't for these local people giving from their heart this wouldn't be happening," Carolyn said.
The story is not over.
"Well, now since we have got all of this donated, the roof is not going to cost anything, our labor is not going to cost anything – now we are going to give her back the money from her grant," Carolyn said.
"She thinks it's to buy her siding and her windows but what she doesn't know is we hope to take care of that too."
RSG continues to work with the couple in efforts to obtain siding for the home, according to Carolyn.
Although they are still looking for windows, Carolyn is optimistic they will complete the last phase of their Christmas mission.
The grand finale of the whole project will be a party December 21 giving Richardson and all of those who donated a chance to meet, and the official donation of the grant money back to Richardson will also be made.