You can no added adjudicator a abode by its roof than you can a book by its cover.
Although Jeanette MacDonald of Glace Bay now has a new roof on her abode due to the affection of a Acceptable Samaritan, the autogenous tells a adventure of active a activity with little.
“You alive with what you have, it’s as simple as that,” MacDonald said. “That’s what I do. I’m comfortable. Bodies ability not like it, but I’m comfortable.”
MacDonald, who never married, not alone brought up her own two children, but additionally four grandchildren on her own.
A bout throughout her abode baldheaded adamantine active conditions. The floors throughout the home are uneven, broken and, in some rooms, there isn’t any absolute flooring. Bedrooms don’t accept doors — a absolute substitutes as a aperture on one. There are no beds in the house, alone acutely attenuate and old mattresses on the floor, covered with attenuate blankets. The stairs to the aerial akin accept apparent bigger canicule and don’t alike accept a railing. Some walls in the abode are aloof unpainted, crack-filled Gyprock. The kitchen includes old cupboards, some after handles.
However, anyone affair MacDonald, will appointment a cheerful, open-hearted person.
“I’m blessed with what all I have,” she said. “Like they say, what you’ve got, you’ve got and if you haven’t got, you can’t change it.”
At age 51, MacDonald took a continuing affliction abettor advance but again concluded up aback home abounding time to accession her grandchildren from babies. MacDonald bought her baby abode home through a “rent to own” acceding 35 years ago. Throughout the years MacDonald has been heating her home with aloof a copse stove, accepting up aboriginal in the morning to put a blaze on so the abode would be balmy for her grandsons.
As able-bodied as active in acutely poor conditions, about 10 years ago MacDonald gave up her bedchamber as her grandchildren were accepting earlier and bare the space. Back that time she has slept on the active allowance couch.
MacDonald said she won’t ask anyone for anything. Through the years her affair has been alone for her grandchildren. As continued as they accept what they charge and are healthy, annihilation abroad matters, she said.
Living on an old age pension, she watches for sales and tries to buy in bulk.
MacDonald is determined she won’t go to the aliment coffer and will aloof do the best she can with what she has. Basically, she feels there are too abounding bodies out there who charge the aliment worse than she does.
“And I won’t booty it abroad from them,” she adds. “Nope, I won’t do it.”
The above affair the accomplished year has been active with a adulterated roof, consistent in pots and pans accepting to be set out every time it rains, including in one of the boys’ bedrooms.
MacDonald said now acknowledgment to Jeremy Locke, there is a roof.
“They’ve consistently had a roof over their arch and now it’s not a adulterated one,” she said, laughing.
MacDonald was aboriginal put in the spotlight through a adventure in the Cape Breton Post on Nov. 1. In the story, Jeremy Locke, buyer of Locke’s Roofing and Construction, said he would drive by MacDonald’s home for years and apprehension how bad her roof was, including ample holes. His aboriginal year in his new business was appealing acceptable so he capital to accord back. In March he chock-full and offered to put a roof on her abode for free, but MacDonald told him she had activated for a admission with the Department of Housing.
A few weeks ago, Locke noticed the roof was still in bad shape. Worried with winter advancing on and alive she wouldn’t booty a handout, he chock-full to ask if she’d appetite to be included in a raffle for a new roof. MacDonald eventually accustomed his action for advice and anon apparent chastening would accept been the alone admission in the raffle.
MacDonald said she’s beholden to Locke, as able-bodied as ARL Mechanical Ltd., who showed up with a calefaction pump Monday and alike installed it.
“I’m admiring it already,” MacDonald said in advertence to the heat. “Even the boys are.”
Kyle, 17, said the grandmother who brought them up is a absolutely caring person.
“We consistently had aggregate we needed.,” he said.
Seeing a calefaction pump installed he declared it as “awesome.”
Pat Yorke, MacDonald’s sister, said MacDonald is an amazing woman.
“As a mother and as a grandmother, she’s unbelievable!” she said. “She’ll advice anybody.”
Growing up, if the boys got into atrocity or weren’t accomplishing able-bodied in school, MacDonald would booty aggregate abroad from them, she said.
There was conduct but additionally lots of love.
“Since the aboriginal grandchild was born, she’s there for them,” she said. “She goes to hockey, she goes to baseball — wherever they are she’s there for them.”
Yorke said her sister has so little but won’t booty things from bodies that she can’t pay for.
“She does what she can with what she has,” she said. “As continued as those boys are fed and kept balmy is all she’s anxious about. I’ve apparent winters so algid and with such aerial apprehension that they couldn’t accumulate the stove on but she’d still accomplish abiding the boys were warm.”
Jeremy Locke accepted the roof to be completed by Wednesday of this week.
Locke, a third-generation carpenter, had his grandfathering Flynn Locke, two uncles and alike his own aggregation at MacDonald’s abode this week, alive on architecture her new roof.
“I’m activity fantastic,” he said. “My aggregation is great; we’ve all been acceptable accompany for a continued time and they capital to help.”
In the meantime, he said, added companies accept jumped on lath including J Peach Masonry Ltd., who are in the action of architecture a new chimney.
Basically, said Locke, he doesn’t apprehend efforts to advice MacDonald to end actuality and he has already been talking with added companies about added accessible assignment on the house.
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