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Cleveland Neighbors Raise More Than $10,000 for Family’s New Heater

Written by Anne Dreshfield

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we wanted to share a member story that shows just how much a community can rally for a neighbor in need – proving that loving thy neighbor is easier than you might think.

In what’s been one of the worst winters in recent memory, the last thing you want to happen is your home’s heater to break. However, one Cleveland family was living with their home’s temperature hovering around 40℉, their twenty-year-old steam-heat boiler broken in the home’s basement.

The mother, Kimberly, took to Nextdoor and first asked for a repairman.

A total of 195 people donated more than the requisite $10,000 in less than two weeks’ time.
Neighbors were quick to offer their recommendations, but Kimberly was stunned to receive a $10,000 estimate for repairs from a reputable source – much more than the family could afford after recent medical and financial issues. Discouraged, Kimberly and her family settled in for a cold winter – but one of their friends and neighbor would not be deterred. She started a GoFundMe account to help raise money for the family and posted to the neighborhood asking for the community’s help.

Thanks to that post on Nextdoor, help began flooding in: neighbors brought over space heaters, multiple families offered to host the family in their own homes until the heater could be fixed, and a total of 195 people donated more than the requisite $10,000 in less than two weeks’ time.

The new heater was installed last week – and as one small way to show their appreciation for their neighbors’ generosity, the family wrote the names of all of those who made the new heater possible on the front panel of the heating unit.

The names of all the neighbors who made the new heater possible, written on the heater's front door.

The names of all the neighbors who made the new heater possible, written on the heater’s front door.

As covered by WOIO Cleveland.

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