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"Rebuild Rosie Project" makes progress

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BATON ROUGE- A family is finally getting a roof over their head after a News 2 story brought in thousands of dollars in cash and donations to rebuild her home.

Rosie Antoine lost her home earlier this summer and planned to move into her son's old house. That home was abandoned in 2004 when her son, Ervin, shot and killed his wife and then himself. Antoine kept the house afloat, until a tree fell on the roof during Hurricane Gustav.

Now Realtor Nancy Aguillard is leading a charge to 'Rebuild Rosie,' so she'll have a safe home to raise her grandchildren.

"We're giving Ms. Rosie and her grandkids a new beginning and we're there, we've been doing a lot of ground work, coordinating all the volunteers involved, but to see it actually start this morning, we were just elated," said Aguillard.

Contractors donated thousands of dollars worth of material and their time to fix the home.

"I told the guys what it was all about, so we are working extra hard to get this roof back on and make sure she can get home and get relaxed, you know you're going home everynight, sleeping somewhere else, you're still not laying your head on your own pillow," said Felton Bennett, who's crew replaced the roof.

The team still needs donations to complete the project. If you'd like to help you can donate at any Investar Bank under the "Rebuild Rosie Project" fund.


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