The Summer of 2017 has been a little too hot to handle for millions of people in warmer territories of the United States. With temperatures in places like Arizona and Southern California reaching well into the hundreds, air conditioning has become less of a luxury and more of a necessity. Unfortunately, many families cannot afford the added cost to repair or purchase an air conditioning unit for their home. That’s why small business across America are stepping up to perform one cool act of kindness for those in need of some respite from the sweltering heat.
For many of these businesses, gifting an AC unit is a way of giving back. In May, Sturm Heating and Air Conditioning reached out to another local organization called the Spokane Neighborhood Action Program (SNAP) to find someone who might have a need for some of their products.
SNAP connected the local business with Paul and Suzanne Witter. The elderly couple, who have been married for 60 years, have been through a lot. They made it through Paul’s deployment to Korea, and more recently, through Paul’s multiple battles with cancer. The HVAC company was able to install a new unit immediately so the Witters would be ready for the hottest days of the Summer.
Just a few weeks ago, Service Plus Heating, Cooling & Plumbing installed both a new furnace and a new air conditioner for a disabled Marine veteran and retired law enforcement officer in Indiana. Mark and Debra Gahimer had relied on window air conditioners for years. But they provided little relief, and Mark has struggled with dehydration for years. “This absolutely is a life saver for him,” said Debra Gahimer.
And in July, an Excessive Heat Warning was issued in multiple parts of Arizona. Susan Garcia, the sole caretaker of her 84-year-old mother, didn’t quite know how they were going to handle the heat when their air conditioner stopped working. “My mother being elderly and she has dementia, she doesn’t understand what’s going on,” Susan said. “I didn’t know what to do.”
That’s when Goettl Air Conditioning showed up to install a brand new $8,000 air conditioning unit. Susan, who is on a fixed income, said there was no way she or her mother would have been able to afford the unit on their own. “I’m thanking God for this company,” Susan shared with a local news station. Just like Susan, the Witters and Gahimers are incredibly thankful for the AC units; the coolest gifts they’ll get all summer.