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Family gets Christmas surprise they will never forget

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A surprise knock at the door early Wednesday morning left one Cape May County family shocked, as East Coast Roofing and Siding gave away their annual free roof to a much deserved family.

Alicia Bodine answered the door Wednesday Morning to flowers, stuffed animals and a certificate for a new roof.

"I'm super shocked," Alicia Bodine said after she realized what was happening.

Super shocked because East Coast Roofing and Siding is going to replace the Bodine family's roof that is littered with holes, rotted wood and asbestos.

"We needed it for a long time, but it's just to much of an expense," Bodine said.

You see Alicia is not just a single mother of two, but also raising a child with a severe neurological disorder, preventing her from talking or walking, among many other things.

"If you have a roof over your head that is half the battle. Knowing that my kids have a house to go home with a safe roof over their head with everything in the house working good," Bodine said.

About three years ago the Bodine family got an estimate to fix their home. It was between $25,000 and $30,000. Something they never could afford. Since then shingles have fallen off the roof creating holes, leaving many contractors saying they would never take on this job.

"The first roof is cedar shake, which means that has to come off, down to the rafters, plywood installed. If that's not bad enough then there's an asbestos roof. We expect to be opening up a can of worms," owner of East Coast Roofing and siding, Larry Stiteler said.

East Coast Roofing and Siding says the tough job is worth it.

Alicia says her daughters condition worsens when the cold air comes through the holes in the roof, but that will soon be a thing of the past.

"We expect to have it done before Christmas so probably the week before Christmas we'll come in with a flurry of workers, Stiteler said.

"Oh my god. Thank you so much. Can I give you a hug," Bowdin said to Stiteler. 

Because of Hurricane Sandy East Coast Roofing and Siding says they plan on giving two more roofs away this year.


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