Fort Myers man gets new home just in time for the holidays
FORT MYERS, Fla. - With one clean swoop, an aging home on Palmacea Road is torn apart piece by piece.
Homeowner Bob Wingo sits in the front yard watching with a smile on his face and tears in his eyes.
"I feel warm inside and I feel like I can bust into tears," Wingo said.
Wingo is crying tears of joy because local charity Builders Care partnered with Lennar Homes to build him a new house from the ground up.
"It means everything in the world to me, you know. It probably means my life because of the conditions I live in," Wingo said.
Wingo has lived in the home for 42 years, but now the walls are covered in mold and there's major roof damage.
"It's a hole in the roof, he referred to it as his sky light, but it's a hole in the roof," Darin McMurray, Division President for Lennar, said.
With his wife of 48 years in a nursing home, Wingo doesn't have the strength or time for major home repairs. He doesn't drive anymore and spends every day taking the bus to visit his wife. He refuses to move in with his son because it's too far away from the nursing home.
"He has taken care of us, that's why the house has gone downhill," Wingo's son, Dean Wingo, said.
But it's all uphill from here. Wingo will soon have a beautiful house to come home to after his trips to see his wife.
"It's going to be a brand new home for Mr. Wingo to walk into and enjoy, no more roof leaks, insects," Butch Ritter, President of Builders Care, said.
120 people will work on the new 1,100 square foot home over the next 17 days. The house will be unveiled on December 20, just in time for Christmas.