Care Free Homes, a local home improvement company, surprised Robin and Jim Manning of Falmouth, Massachusetts with a new roof; the couple was a finalist in their annual New Year, New Roof Giveaway.

Neighbors, friends, and family nominated deserving, in-need homeowners from Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod, and Rhode Island for the roof giveaway earlier this month. Care Free Homes selected five finalists from the nominees who demonstrated selfless service and outstanding citizenship. The community voted online to choose the winner. This is the company’s fifth roof giveaway. You can see the surprise reveal HERE.

Thanks to a partnership with GAF Roofing and Care Free Homes, the Mannings will receive a GAF Timberline HD roofing system at absolutely no cost. Community partners of the New Year, New Roof Giveaway are United Way of Greater New Bedford and Black Tie Cookies. United Way helped spread the word and connect homeowners with the program. Black Tie Cookies donated gourmet cookie bouquets to the Mannings and the four finalists.

One of the couple's three children nominated them for this contest. Below is the submission that was sent:

"My parents, Robin and Jim Manning came to Falmouth over 30 years ago when my dad got a job in Woods Hole working as an oceanographer for NOAA. Over the years they had three kids, myself, and my sister and brother. My mom worked at the Food Buoy in Woods Hole for several years and volunteered at Falmouth Schools doing Arts Alive and computer and science programs when we were young. She was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis when I was about 12 and since then her health has been progressively deteriorating and she is now confined to a wheelchair, paralyzed almost everywhere from the neck down except for limited mobility in one of her arms. For a while, she was continuing her passion for painting despite the fact that she could barely hold the paintbrush. A few years ago she had an art show at the Maser Gallery in Falmouth to support Falmouth Community Television. Both of my parents were on the Commission for Disabilities in Falmouth for 12 years, advocating for others with similar challenges. Understandably, my mom needs a lot of care and my dad has been amazing doing it all while also still working full time. He has needed to pay for her care during those work hours and it adds up very quickly. They started to board students at their house around 2007 now that my siblings and I have all moved out. Mostly Chinese exchange students, some who have worked with my dad specifically, have helped to supplement what it takes to pay for mom’s daily care, which my siblings and I all help with, but it is still hard to get by. Their house is old and in serious need of a new roof, which would help them immensely."

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