DryHome Roofing and Siding in Sterling selected a single mother in Vienna as the winner of this year’s Free Roof for the Holidays.
It is the 13th year that the company has offered to brighten the lives of an area family by replacing an aging or damaged roof.
This year’s recipient is Shari Ashley Blackburn, a recently divorced mother of three living in a 46-year-old townhouse. The roof was last replaced 27 years ago.
“What makes this unique is that I’ve known Shari since elementary school, and she was one of DryHome’s first customers, so her nomination and hardship came as a surprise,” said DryHome President Steve Gotschi. “She is a good, caring person. We hope that the new roof eases her burden and makes her holiday brighter.”
Blackburn was nominated by numerous friends and family members. She works as a property manager. “I’m in shock. It’s hard to wrap by head around receiving this gift,” she said. “A new roof takes one big thing off my growing list of repairs. It also means a lot that my childhood friend Steve put my first roof on and will do so again. I’m extremely grateful to DryHome and the friends who nominated me.”