Free roofing shingles

The delivery of free roofing shingles to local staging areas will continue over the next few weeks, with first responders and municipal employees getting first crack at the giveaways.

The Wright Foundation has received its first fleet of roofing shingles for distribution to local homeowners whose home were damaged in Hurricane Michael, according to a press release from the organization.

They will be given away in multiple cycles, with the first round of giveaways devoted to local first responders and employees serving a handful of Jackson County’s municipalities. The employees and first responders for other municipalities will be included in the second round, and after that the remainder of incoming shingles will be available to the general public.

The asphalt shingles are provided at no cost to repair or replace damaged shingles on a homeowner’s primary residence. During the first distribution cycle, The Wright Foundation will accept requests from first responders and workers employed by the following municipalities: Bascom, Graceville, Greenwood, Malone and Sneads.

Requests for shingles can be made by the qualifying individuals in the first distribution cycle by calling 850-209-5687 or 850-209-5728 starting June 10 and continuing through June 21, Monday through Friday, during the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The release says the shingles were donated by “a generous corporate partner and national philanthropic group.” They are being transported here in semi tractor-trailer rigs.

A second distribution cycle is anticipated during the month of July for first responders and employees in the remaining municipalities, with the third and final cycle opening to the general public soon thereafter.

Wright Foundation founder Shareta Wright said she was grateful on behalf of the community for the anonymous donation.

“The road to complete recovery for everyone impacted by Hurricane Michael will be long, have it challenges and frustrations; I am happy that the Wright Foundation is able to participate in the recovery process as we rebuild together,” she said.

Additional truckloads are forthcoming. The value associated with the first delivery was $1.2 million, Wright estimated.

She said the Foundation is also hoping that contractors or individuals with shingling skills may volunteer to help get some of those rooftop coverings in place free of charge. To volunteer, call one of the numbers listed above./

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