KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- FOX 4 Problem Solvers first met 87-year-old Juanita Sidmon last February. She was standing outside her Northeast Kansas City home showing us a warning from the city about her dilapidated roof.
"Since this happened it just drained the strength totally out of me because I don't know how to solve the problem and how to fix it," Sidmon told us with tears in her eyes.
She was worried that the overwhelming repairs she faced could force her to give up the house she's lived in for more than half her life. But after FOX 4 Problem Solvers shared her story, the community responded. Heroes who didn't even want to be named stepped forward to help.
In the end, it was a metro roofing company that took the lead on this gigantic project. It first sent in a crew to clean up Mrs. Sidmon's cluttered, overgrown yard and then repaired and replaced the roof on her three-story home. The materials were donated by national roofing supply and home supply companies.
"You can be blocks away and see it through the trees," Mrs. Sidmon said. "It's beautiful."
But the goodwill didn't stop there. A metro gutter company replaced all her rotted and sagging gutters. After that, a plumber paid a visit to free up Mrs. Sidmon's clogged and corroded pipes.
"It's so wonderful to be able to turn the hot water on and have it come out in a stream instead of a trickle," Mrs. Sidmon said.
Finally, there were the carpenters who replaced her front porch where the wood was so rotted you could fall through, with a solid, dependable and more attractive one.
"It's a blessing," Mrs. Sidmon said with tears in her eyes. "A band of angels was here to help me."
A towering reminder of what a community can do when it comes together to solve a problem.