PRATT — On Sept. 18, Yadira Garcia-Pedroza found out that AR Roofing, of Pratt, was going to give her a new roof, free of charge.
Every year, AR Roofing gives away a free roof. Usually, AR decides who gets the free roof when people come to them with bad roof problem. But this year, they decided to open it up to the public and let them nominate homes that needed a new roof, said Julie Lang, AR director of human resources.
The giveaway was titled “The Halo Project” and the entire company got behind it. When word got out, AR got feedback. Nominations began flowing in from across the AR service area and some 300 nominations were received. A panel of community judges researched the nominations and narrowed down list to a top 10. Then, AR visited every home in person and did an inspection to determine which three would selected to get a new roof. Pedroza’s house was one of those three, Lang said.
Pedroza’s friends had gotten busy and 45 different people nominated her. They had only had “awesome” things to say about Pedroza, Lang said.
Pedroza, who lives with her husband and seven children at 1111 Stout in Pratt, had been dealing with water damage in their house since the Labor Day Flood of 2018 when 8.6 inches of rain falling in just a few hours caused a split in her roof. The family had been using sheet metal and tarps, even plastic grocery bags to try to stop the leaks since that time because they could not afford a professional roof job. Neighbors and friends helped with repairs to the walls but the roof was another matter.
On Wednesday, representatives from AR along with some co-workers and Pedroza’s mother were on hand when she stepped into the meeting room at Club D'Est with friend Anel Cox and saw the sign announcing that she had won the new roof. Overcome with emotion, she cried and hugged those that had made this miracle a reality.
“It’s very humbling,” Pedroza said. “There’s lots more people worse off than me. It’s the first time I had nothing to say.”
She was surprised that many people cared for her. This is a great community, Pedroza said.
Pedroza said if this hadn’t happened, she would most likely have lost the house.
The new roof was competed in one day, Thursday. Two other winners from the AR service area in Kansas also received a new roof.