During the winter season in Colorado, reliable warmth becomes essential. At Fort Collins Heating & Air, we understand this need deeply. That’s why for over five years, we’ve held a special tradition close to our hearts: the annual furnace giveaway.
This isn’t just about replacing an appliance. It’s about making a difference in the lives of our neighbors, about turning the cold into a celebration of community and caring. Every year, we witness this impact firsthand.
This year, nominations for the giveaway reached an all-time high. It’s a testament to the growing need for warmth in our community, a need we strive to address. But one story was particularly memorable and made a lasting impression on our team.
Patricia V., from Berthoud, had been battling a frigid reality for five years. Her solar system had failed, leaving her reliant on a wood stove for warmth. Unable to find anyone willing to tackle the complex repair, Patricia and her family faced the bitter winter with inadequate heating.
Our technician Rudy inspects pipes from Patricia’s old solar system
Her story resonated deeply with us. We knew we had to help. Even if Patricia lived a little outside our usual service area, and the task seemed daunting, her circumstances demanded action. We couldn’t say no.
And so, Patricia became this year’s recipient of our furnace giveaway. The joy in her eyes as we announced the news, the relief in her voice as we explained the installation, these are moments that stay with us. They are a reminder of the profound impact of a simple act of kindness.
But Patricia’s story is just one chapter in this ongoing tradition. We invite you to watch the videos linked below to see the journeys of past recipients:
- This Year’s Winner Patricia, Berthoud, CO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMAUsf4R8GA
- 2022 Winner Dawn, Wellington, CO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?si=Bsq93mLjLj2o_vGT&v=wnM_87zhB_I&feature=youtu.be
- 2021 Winner Colleen, Fort Collins, CO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eR8P6t0CPII
- 2020 Winner Monica, Fort Collins, CO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLcGgEHpBag
- 2019 Winner Cecelia, Wellington, CO: https://youtu.be/kGPEx7cCuSM?si=9LV8ey94zh-u7hBP
Every video has a unique narrative, yet a common theme of warmth and community connecting them all. The thread is created through the generosity of our community, the dedication of our team, and the unwavering spirit of those in need.
As we look forward to the next furnace giveaway, we invite you to share these stories, nominate someone in need next year, or simply appreciate the power of a helping hand. By working together, we can create a sense of community and ensure that all homes are provided with the warmth they deserve.