GIV­ING BACK Sharon’s house was mak­ing her chil­dren sick

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - Editor’s Note: The Daily Lo­cal News will be run­ning stories on Wed­nes­day and Sun­day un­til Dec. 25 telling about fam­i­lies that have ben­e­fited from the Share the Warmth pro­gram. Visit www. dai­ly­lo­cal­news.com for more stories and in­for­ma­tion on how to do­nate

Adam, who is 10, is the el­dest of four sib­lings and an asthma suf­ferer.

His long-term chronic asthma re­sulted in a strong, steroid pre­scribed in­haler to help him breathe. The in­abil­ity to catch his breath not only made sleep­ing dif­fi­cult, but was also af­fect­ing his school­work.

His con­cerned mother, Sharon, called Good Works af­ter her doc­tor rec­om­mended re­mov­ing the old car­pets to elim­i­nate dust and mold spores, po­ten­tially con­tribut­ing to her son’s con­di­tion.

Good Works vol­un­teers re­moved car­pet through­out the home but also in­stalled new lam­i­nate floor­ing, a room air con­di­tioner, new in­su­la­tion, and cleaned the chim­ney and fur­nace. They also sealed the fur­nace flue pipe which had un­know­ingly been leak­ing dan­ger­ous ex­haust fumes into the home.

Sharon was thrilled when Adam’s asthma symp­toms be­gan to dis­ap­pear.

“Adam no longer needs an in­haler be­cause he is fi­nally get­ting a good night’s sleep and his grades are steadily im­prov­ing now too,” she said. “I had no idea that my house was sick and mak­ing my kids ill! Good Works has re­stored my fam­ily’s health. Thank you!”

This be­fore and af­ter of bath­room mold re­me­di­a­tion is one ex­am­ple of the power of Share the Warmth and the home re­pairs that keep chil­dren and fam­i­lies warm, safe and dry. Did you know that a $100 do­na­tion can re­place a faucet? $150 pro­vides a new sump pump? $3,000 cov­ers the costs of an en­tire stan­dard bath­room re­hab? Ev­ery dol­lar makes a dif­fer­ence and helps Share The Warmth.

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