The holiday season just wouldn't be the same without a free roof from Frank Puente. The Harlingen roofer has donated supplies and labor to a needy family every year since 2001.
Amada Zamora was the first person to receive a free roof from Puente over the holidays.
"If there's anyone out there who thinks wishes or dream don't come true... I'll be the first to say they do," said Zamora.
The Harlingen great-grandmother said she struggled to protect her family of 30 inside a home with a roof in disrepair. Puente learned about the wheelchair-bound woman TMs plight from her health care worker who turned to Puente for help.
I just knew I had to take action| her story inspired me to give back in the spirit of the holiday, said Puente.
Just last year, Puente turned to Action 4 News to share his gift of a free roof with one of our viewers. Simon Ibarra from Weslaco won the contest thanks to an anonymous email. It outlined Ibarra's ailing health, mounting medical bills and lack of resources to repair his broken roof.
Simon TMs wife Eulalia Ibarra called Puente TMs gesture a miracle.
"All I can do is thank God because I'm so emotional... I never thought this could happen... Not to us.
This year, Frank wants to giveaway another roof this holiday season. He hopes this contest on Action 4 News will inspire others in the community to give back this holiday season.
To nominate someone for a free roof, CLICK HERE.
The contest deadline is Thursday, December 17th 2009 at noon. A winner will be announced during Action 4 News at ten.