Each winter DryHome Roofing and Siding provides a free roof to a resident or nonprofit in need. This year’s recipient got a new roof on her Leesburg home just days before the blizzard hit.
Sandy Leoni, a widow and mother of two elementary-aged children, was selected from among nominations made by customers and the community. It was the second year in a row she had been nominated by her neighbors and friends.
She lost her husband a year ago to a brain tumor after a 13-year battle with the disease. He was diagnosed shortly after they moved into the home. After her husband was unable to work, expenses mounted and home improvements took a back seat. Of particular concern, the roof leaks into her children’s bedrooms and the garage.
“Sandy and her children have struggled through so much hardship and loss. We hope this new roof lessens some of the burden. Knowing that they will spend the holidays safer and warmer makes this even more special for our team,” DryHome President Steve Gotschi stated after installing the new roof Jan. 20.
The Free Roof for the Holiday program is in its 12th year. Last year, DryHome awarded a roof to Cornerstones, a nonprofit that works to alleviate homelessness. Other past recipients have included Leesburg’s Janice Coe, a social worker and tireless advocate for the homeless; Leesburg widow Ann Harris; Doorways for Women and Families’ Safehouse; Leesburg resident Barbara Green, a widow and school bus driver; veteran Hubert Laconia; Good Shepherd Alliance, a nonprofit serving Loudoun’s homeless, Falls Church Cub Scout House; Gabriel Homes, a nonprofit serving adults with developmental disabilities; Mrs. Caylor, a Leesburg resident and volunteer; and Bernie Cline, an elderly Alexandria resident.