Veteran receives free roof after being nominated for roofing company’s charity

Veteran receives free roof after being nominated for roofing company’s charity

LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - For the past three years, All Seasons Roofing has built roofs for Lufkin residents in need.

Candidates are nominated by community members, and the project is funded through his charity Shingles for Shelter.

This year, Veteran Oliver Harris Jr. is the recipient.

“I feel deeply blessed. You can’t beat God giving, He looks down and He sees all of our needs and you can’t beat people in Texas because they have a big heart for giving, so I’m truly blessed in that way," said Harris.

Harris said financial issues and hurricane damage prevented him from getting his roof fixed before now.

“Hurricane Ike had really done a job on it. It was deteriorating and leaking inside the house and it was stressful and now I can sleep better at night knowing that there is a brand-new roof on this house,” said Harris.

Business Owner Bob Bowman and his 8-man crew completed the roof in one day with just eight hours of extensive work.

“It had two layers of shingles on it so that was just a roofer’s nightmare, but we had to replace some decking and it was quite a few rotted boards in it and then it got a new third shingle on there,” said Bowman.

Bowman said his goal is to continue to serve as many homeowners as he can to ensure they have a safe place to live.

“People don’t have the insurance to cover this and then they might have missed their opportunities right after the storm and not everybody has 3,000 sitting around to take care of a roof,” said Bowman.

Another local organization will be providing Harris with a new porch as well.

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