C&L Ward surprises school secretary with new roof

Published: Nov. 21, 2016 at 11:54 AM EST
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(11/21/16) - When C&L Ward showed up balloons and ceremonial check in hand at Freeman Elementary school in Flint, school secretary Gidget Arcand had no idea what was coming her way.

Arcand was chosen as the winner of C&L Ward's Shingles for Shelter contest - winning a new roof for her home that was in desperate need of repair and leaking all throughout her house.

“We created this because we know there is so much need in our communities that we service and we wanted to do it as a way of giving back, but something about Gidget's story just resonated with all of us and she was the clear winner,” said Michelle Shook, vice president of marketing at C&L Ward.

That's because Arcand has been through a lot recently.

“My husband, we were supposed to do this together. I had a scare where I thought I might have cancer and then when they did the surgery realized it wasn't cancer and that was so awesome. I'm grateful. But then he decided he didn't want to be there anymore and he left. So I'm left there with my house, my dogs, my kids are at college. So I'm just trying to carry on as best I can,” Arcand said.

The two co-workers that nominated her say no one deserves this more.

“She'll do anything you ask her to do. She's the friendliest, kindest person. She would take the shirt off her back for you,” said Carrie Fisher, pre-k teacher at Freeman Elementary.

“She so deserves it. She has been through so much this year,” said Amy Plumb, math teacher at Freeman Elementary.

For Arcand, this new roof is a weight off her shoulders.

“Just one more thing I can check off my list of things I need to get done,” she said. “So yes, this is just so amazing. I'm so eternally grateful for everyone that did this for me."

It would have cost Arcand $10-$12,000 to get this roof fixed on her own, but she's getting the roof and the labor for free.

You could call it an early Christmas present because those crews are going to show up to start working the week before Christmas.