For the second year in a row, Chappell Central Inc. has teamed up with Lennox International to help local families in need of furnaces as part of the “Heat Up Minnesota” Campaign. The Lennox Campaign offers the donation of 100 new, high-efficiency furnaces to be installed in homes of Minnesota families in need.
Earlier this year, we had asked for your nominations for families in need in the West Central Minnesota area. Families are nominated by friends or family members and selected based on need. Lennox donates the furnaces and Chappell Central of Willmar, MN donates the labor and materials needed to complete the furnace installations.
Winners of New Furnaces from “Heat Up Minnesota”
Dean and Mary Carlson of Atwater
Dean was a firefighter and a welder until he was injured over ten years ago at his welding job and is now on disability. Mary currently works in the Litchfield School District with deaf children. They live in a small house that had an old fuel oil furnace. Although they did replace the burner a few years ago, they were told that the duct work was installed wrong and had the return cold air on the exterior walls. With medical bills and an inefficient heating system, they are on a tight budget.
Shirley Evans of Kerkhoven
In February 2013, Shirley suffered a massive heart attack and has been unable to work since. She has had recurrent hospital stays for subsequent treatment of blockage in her legs. She has applied for Social Security Disability but has not heard anything back yet. Even though she is living in her home again, it had an fuel oil furnace, that was in the house when it was purchased in 1997. Fuel oil is very expensive to heat her house, especially when she also has medical bills.
Congratulations to Dean and Mary Carlson of Atwater and Shirley Evans of Kerkhoven for winning free furnaces for their homes from the “Heat Up Minnesota” Campaign! As the winners of the new Lennox furnaces installed by Chappell Central, these deserving families will have a more efficient heating system during the cold Minnesota winters to come.