Frontline worker gets new roof thanks to organizations

Patricia Lopez and her family in Mine Hill have been in need of a new roof for some time. Now it’s getting a new one thanks to the students at the GAF Roofing Academy and Morris Habitat for Humanity.

Video transcript

– – Now a story of kindness and giving back. After a health care worker risked her life on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, her community is now returning the favor. The single mother now gets a much-needed helping hand herself. New Jersey reporter Toni Yates with the story.

TONI YACHTS: You know the sayings that are often overused, such as “love work”? Well, love work is only fitting in this roof replacement project.

– – We talked about it.

TONI YACHTS: First, GAF, the roofing company, donated all the materials – everything.

DANNY CAIVANO: Habitat for Humanity is taking the initiative to help someone working on the front lines, someone in need, by donating the materials and manpower. And we are very happy to be able to help you.

TONI YACHTS: They also do the work, skilled craftsmen –

DANNY CAIVANO: Glasses.

TONI YACHTS: – Leading students of the GAF Roofing Academy.

Joel Santos: It’s been a while since I’ve had fun with something I do and I’ve found out that I have fun with it. I’m really looking forward to getting up there and putting up clapboards next.

TONI YACHTS: Hand in hand with Morris Habitat for Mankind, the old roof was torn down and replaced – a gift to the homeowner who gave of herself. A healthcare worker who has spent months on the front lines.

PATRICIA LOPEZ: I work hard to pay for the house and that [? roofers ?] in particular.

TONI YACHTS: Save lives in this COVID pandemic and also be very special to help these guys.

DANNY CAIVANO: She is so generous. When she’s here, she cooks for us. She brought us to lunch.

Joel Santos: Oh my God. Yes, her food was amazing and I could say that she was very grateful and made it through with love.

TONI YACHTS: This isn’t the only healthcare family that these organizations have sought and supported. Later, you will learn how they got into another healthcare family who suffered a COVID tragedy.

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