LUTZ, Fla - Nancy Haines woke up early Wednesday morning to buy a complimentary breakfast for volunteers and employees from Home Depot. Haines said, "I had all kinds of emotions going all over the place."
High winds and rain from Tropical Storm Debby damaged Haines' roof. The ceiling inside caved in and her grandchildren temporarily moved out.
Haines said, "For the safety of my family, I wanted to have things fixed and I didn't know how I was going to do that."
But crews from Home Depot did.
After seeing our newscast, a viewer called the hardware store, urging employees to help Nancy. Today, they answered that call, along with other businesses, like Jon Myers Roofing and Construction. Haines said, "Another couple of people showed up and then they kept coming and coming."
By the truckload, roofers delivered Nancy's new roof and shingle by shingle replaced the old one. But, they didn't stop there.
Volunteers trimmed and removed trees, cut grass and just about any other yard work the Haines home needed.
Dale King with Palm Harbor Home Depot Store is taking part in the project. King said, "This was very short notice for us. I found out about Friday last week that this project was going to be Wednesday. I actually had associates that I had to tell no, we need assistance in the store as well."
Home Depot officials say they're also giving Haines some of the equipment they used today and even planting her a garden. Haines said, "Somebody answered a prayer somewhere. My prayer, somebody's prayer. It was answered today. I can guarantee you that."
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