Egg Harbor City man wins brand new roof in a giveaway event | Local News

Leonard Forand Jr. outside his home Thursday morning after winning a roof to replace his leaky old roof. East Coast Roofing, Siding & Windows has been giving away at least one free roof as part of its annual roof raffle for 14 years.

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Egg Harbor City’s Leonard Forand Jr. hugs his mother Shirley Forand after winning a free roof in the 14th annual East Coast Roofing, Siding & Windows raffle Thursday.


On Thursday morning, East Coast Roofing, Siding and Windows employees, local first responders, and Leonard Forand, Jr.’s family gathered outside his Egg Harbor City home to surprise him. Forand won a free roof in the 14th annual East Coast Roofing, Siding and Windows roof raffle. Egg Harbor Township’s Chick-Fil-A donated breakfast for those in attendance and brought her cow mascot.

EGG HARBOR CITY – On Thursday morning Leonard Forand Jr. had some unexpected guests at his house and they came with a surprise gift – a new roof.

For the past 14 years, East Coast Roofing, Siding & Windows has donated at least one roof to a South Jersey resident who cannot afford to replace it themselves.

Since 2020, due to the pandemic, one focus of the raffle has been on awarding new roofs to those who work as first aiders.

This year’s sweepstakes had two winners, with a resident of Hainesport, Burlington County winning the other new roof on Tuesday.

Forand, a fire chief at Green Bank Volunteer Fire Company in Egg Harbor City and owner of his own business, was nominated by his daughter.

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At 9 a.m. on Thursday, East Coast Roofing officials, local first responders, and Forand’s family gathered outside his house to surprise him. Chick-Fil-A in Egg Harbor Township donated breakfast to those in attendance and sent their cow mascot for the event.

Forand knew his daughter had nominated him, but he hadn’t expected to be chosen.

Forand became a single father of three in 2013 when his wife died of cancer. He was diagnosed with cancer himself last year but is now cancer free.

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