VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla – After three years in dangerous health conditions, James Northcote, a 90-year US Marine Corps veteran, received keys to his brand new home in Volusia County.
“That’s really nice,” said Northcote, who fought in the Korean War. “I knew it was going to be new, but not that great.”
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For Northcote, November was a very different story. At the time he was spraying the walls of his mobile home with Clorox. He said mold started growing after Hurricane Irma demolished most of the roof.
“Rain came down all the way down that wall. I’ve got buckets all over the other side of my bed, ”Northcote said.
In 2018, James applied for assistance through the Rebuild Florida program – a government program designed to help people make repairs or replace their homes altogether. But the response to his request was longer than expected. When residents saw his frustration, they banded together for results.
“I can’t put into words how I feel. I would like to thank everyone involved, ”said the veteran.
James Northcote, U.S. Marine Corps veteran (Copyright 2021 by WKMG ClickOrlando – All rights reserved.)
Among the companies that helped include the United Water Restoration Group, which set up a GoFundMe account and put a blue tarp on the old house. Ducky Johnson Home Elevation demolished the old house and brought in the new two bedroom, two bathroom mobile home.
“We had to bring it together in two parts; started on Monday and we’re done today, Friday, ”said Charles Johnson, owner of Ducky Johnson Home Elevation. “This new home is an all-electric, energy-efficient 200-ounce service. To see what he did to sacrifice for our country brings great joy to my heart. “
James will continue to need appliances like a washer and dryer and other essentials for the home. You can make a donation by clicking or tapping here.
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