Fruitland woman receives gift of ‘Comfort and Joy’ for Christmas

FRUITLAND, Mo. (KBSI) – A Fruitland woman received the gift of comfort and joy just before the Christmas holiday.

York Heating and Cooling and Aire Solutions of Cape/Jackson held a “Comfort and Joy Giveaway” contest on asking for nominations of people who needs a new heating and air unit.

Greg Brown, owner of Aire Solutions Cape/Jackson, said they narrowed entries to five finalists.

“We called them and I actually went out and looked at all five of those and we made a decision who we were going to give it to,” Brown said.

Chelsey Jones is a single mom to four children. Her air conditioning went out a couple years ago and then her furnace went out. She has been keeping her family warm with a space heater. Her friend nominated her for the contest.

“I cried like the whole day,” Jones said when she found out she would receive a new unit. “I’m so excited because we really needed it. Whenever I called to get the AC fixed this year they said it was going to cost $1,000 just to get it working again. And I just don’t have that.”

“Her electricity bills were getting outrageous,” Brown said. “She’s got window units in the windows. The air conditioner wasn’t working in the summer. The system we put in that was donated to us, it’s going to help her save on her heating and cooling costs. It should be a real plus for her in the future.”

York Heating and Cooling System provided the unit for the Aire Solutions Comfort and Joy Giveaway.

“It’s a 14 seer heat pump,” said Jared Embry, territory manager for York Factory Direct. “It also has an electric back up heat on the inside. This will help in the winter with her heating bills. They should come down because she had a really old system coming out. I think it was 20 years old or maybe older. Once that comes out and you get something higher efficiency, you’re going to get cheaper costs during the heating season, cooling also, same thing. You’re going to be much better cooling. Her cooling I think she said had went out. So they’ve been using window units. So this a perfect scenario for someone who really needed some help getting a new system.”

This is the second year Aire Solutions Cape/Jackson gave away a unit around Christmas.

“I’m just so thankful. It makes me want to cry again. It just remember being really big pregnant with her (baby) and it was so hot in here. Just like stuff like that. Really thankful that we’re getting a new one.”

With equipment, thermostat and labor, the prize is worth nearly $8,000.

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