Couple battling health issues surprised with new roof after neighbor sends letter to roofing company

WATERFORD, me. (WXYZ) – “It’s a miracle to me,” said 78-year-old Lloyd Stiverson as he stood on his porch trying to let in everything he’d just heard.

Stiverson’s neighbor, John Cummings across the street, had just knocked on his door and told him something he could never have imagined.

“They’re putting a new roof on your house for you,” said Cummings, pointing to several people crossing the street with him, including Kathryn Castiglione of L&S Home Improvements, who said she was holding about half a dozen balloons Stiverson that they would put a new roof on his house in Waterford for free next week.

Lloyd Stiverson and his wife Mary Anne are both retired and have a lot on their plate, including Lloyd’s cancer, for which he is undergoing chemotherapy, and his bad heart with 13 stents, a pacemaker and a defibrillator.

L&S Home Improvements is based in Warren and a few months ago Cummings hired them to re-roof his own house.

Cummings was so impressed with the work that he decided to ask if they would ever help others with a vacant roof.

The roofer and siding company sales rep asked Cummings to write to Kathryn Castiglione and Adam Conklin.

Conklin, the owner of L&S Home Improvements, said they were looking for someone they believed really needed a new roof, and they agreed the Stiversons could really use their help.

“It’s heartwarming,” said Conklin. “I’m fine.”

Dane Ligon from SRS Distribution also surprised the Stiversons on Friday.

SRS Distribution is a building materials dealer and donates all supplies to give the Stiversons a new roof.

“I pray like crazy,” said Mr. Stiverson. “Well, they will be answered.”

Work on the new roof should start in about a week. Conklin said it would take about eight hours to complete.

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