Lo­cal fam­ily gets do­nated fur­nace

Serve Daily - - COMMUNITY - By Megan Wall­gren

SPAN­ISH FORK -- On Satur­day, Novem­ber 13, mem­bers of the com­mu­nity came to­gether to help pro­vide a free fur­nace and A/C unit to a lo­cal fam­ily in need.

David and Carla French are both un­able to work and on a lim­ited in­come. When their heat­ing and air con­di­tion­ing units went out, there was no way for them to pay for the re­place­ment.

David has mus­cu­lar dys­tro­phy and is con­fined to a wheel­chair. Carla has health prob­lems re­lated to hav­ing been hit by a car in a cross­walk in 2008. Nei­ther can work right now.

“We just could not get the fi­nances to be able to do this,” David French said.

Serve Daily pub­lisher Chris Baird used so­cial me­dia to bring the com­mu­nity to­gether on the French’s be­half by post­ing about their plight.

Af­ter hear­ing about the French’s predica­ment, both HRC Cli­mate Ser­vices and Triple T Cool­ing and Heat­ing do­nated equip­ment and la­bor to get the fam­ily a new heat­ing and air con­di­tion­ing sys­tem.

“Com­peti­tors work­ing as a team to help some­one in need, I thought was pretty cool,” said French.

French said Satur­day was a day of ser­vice for their fam­ily. Be­sides the 8 em­ploy­ees from the two dif­fer­ent heat­ing and cool­ing com­pa­nies that came, 6 or 7 peo­ple from the French’s LDS ward, along with other com­mu­nity mem­bers, helped clean out the garage, rake the leaves and trim the li­lac bushes. The Provo Elk’s Lodge brought pizza to feed ev­ery­one.

“It’s just a mir­a­cle that this ever hap­pened and I’m so grate­ful for liv­ing in Span­ish Fork be­cause the town came to­gether to help some­one in need,” French said.

When Paul Casey, owner and op­er­a­tor of HRC Cli­mate Ser­vices said each year HRC helps out with projects like this one. “We just want to make sure peo­ple are taken care of when they need it,” he said. “We are a part of the com­mu­nity. We’ve lived here for 26 years and have raised our chil­dren here and we al­ways try to help out where we can,” said Casey.

Brad Tan­ner, pres­i­dent of Triple T Plumb­ing, Heat­ing and Air said, “We al­ways try to keep an eye out for peo­ple that are in need that we can help with some of our skills and tal­ents.” He saw the so­cial me­dia post about the French’s sit­u­a­tion and it looked like a good fit.

“With Utah’s sum­mers and win­ters, you need to have cool­ing and heat­ing. It’s im­por­tant to have them run­ning safely and ef­fi­ciently,” said Tan­ner.

Tan­ner said work­ing with HRC was a unique op­por­tu­nity and helped them to be able to do more for the French’s be­cause of the shared cost. The com­pa­nies also re­paired some duct­work and put in an air cleaner sys­tem that will be eas­ier for David to main­tain. His em­ploy­ees vol­un­teered their time to do the work.

French said the in­stal­la­tion was a long-awaited and much needed. The French’s old unit went out on June 2 and the cou­ple en­dured a tough, hot sum­mer. With win­ter weather com­ing, the sit­u­a­tion was dire. “I’m still in shock,” French said. “I’m try­ing to re­al­ize it hap­pened. It’s just amaz­ing how peo­ple came to­gether. Mir­a­cles do hap­pen — they still do.”

Mem­bers of the com­mu­nity came to­gether to give the French fam­ily a new heat­ing and air con­di­tion­ing sys­tem.

The own­ers of Triple T Cool­ing and Heat­ing and HRC Cli­mate Ser­vices do­nated equip­ment and la­bor to help a fam­ily in need.

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