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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Leo McLarney and his daughter Regina can now rest a little easier with a solid new roof over their heads.
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“I’m grateful, you’re doing me a favor,” said the WWII veteran of the people who helped make everything possible.
Until recently, blue tarps covered the damage caused by Hurricane Irma in 2017 to McLarney’s Cutler Bay home.
The 94-year-old didn’t have the money to fix the problem, but CBS 4 viewers and Neighbors 4 Neighbors did what they could to help.
“My father, who has never asked anyone for help. My father, who always helped others. My father, who never spoke during the war. He has now found in his later years that people value his service and give it back, ”said Regina McLarney-Crowley.
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The roof is ready, but more work now needs to be done to make sure the house is safe for McLarney.
“We have to paint the house, the outside of the house. The cover, the edge right there between the roof and the wall. And inside, we’re trying to figure out how to fix the carpet, ”said John Pimentel of the Miami-Dade Long-Term Recovery Group.
McClarney is a craftsman himself and has watched the work closely.
He is more than happy with the care and craftsmanship of those who have come forward to help.
“He just can’t believe it. He’s happy, ”said McLarney-Crowley. “The control freak who is about building technology and what not. This morning he said to me, “You’re all professionals. You did it. ‘This is a great will for all of the people who have come up to help. “
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To find out how you can help Leo and other families in need in South Florida, visit Neighbors4Neighbors.org or call 305-597-4404.