Paul and Suzanne have been through their share of challenges over the last several years, so it was welcome news when the North Spokane couple found out they would be recipients of a surprise gift courtesy of Sturm Heating & Air Conditioning last spring.
Along with several incidents of cancer, Paul has battled through a near fatal infection, a stroke and pneumonia. Despite it all, the Korean War veteran maintains a positive attitude and a wry sense of humor.
“He is a fighter and has a lot left to give and live in this world,” Suzanne said of her husband. “We can make it through anything as long as we are together”.
Last winter, SNAP installed a furnace for Paul and Suzanne. It was followed a few months later by a new air conditioning unit from Sturm as part of the “Companies that Care” program, sponsored by KREM-TV. Sturm’s campaign to deliver AC and heating units twice a year and free of charge is known as “Heat from the Heart.”
“It was heartwarming to meet with Paul and Suzanne the day before the install and learn about their lives and some of the heartaches they’ve been through,” said Sturm President Shawn Adam. “This program brings all of us at Sturm a tremendous amount of happiness to be able to give back to the people of our community that need our help.”
Along with Sturm and KREM, the effort is supported by Gensco, which supplies the equipment, and MDI marketing which helps coordinate the schedule and get the word out.
The team rallied again last fall for Barbara, a SNAP client in the West Plains who was in desperate need of a furnace before winter set in.
“It felt like a lifesaver,” Barbara said after the furnace was installed. “Here I am, very blessed and very thankful and very warm.”
Sturm has been part of the community for the past 73 years. Adam has served as president since 2010.
“We’re an employee-owned company so it means a lot to our employees and myself to be able to give back,” Adam said. “It’s a true example of what people who are as fortunate as us can do for those in need.”
The latest installment of “Heat from the Heart” took place this spring as Dale and Margaret of Northwest Spokane received a new AC unit just in time for summer.
“We were not in a position to do it ourselves,” said Margaret who deals with rheumatoid arthritis and has undergone five hip replacement surgeries.
Dale, a retired Air Force veteran who also worked for Washington State University, said the prospect of cool air during Spokane’s hottest season brought a new sense of hope.
“This summer has a different promise,” he said.
SNAP has identified the next client who will receive a furnace this fall. The spots on KREM will run at some point in October.
“It’s been phenomenal,” said Adam. “We really like being able to do this as a company, to give back to the community.”
To view the previous installments of “Heat from the Heart” from KREM, see the links below.