The Adams family was “Feeling the Love” Saturday morning when a Collier’s Heating & Air Conditioning crew showed up with a free new furnace and air conditioner.
Corinne and Devan Adams were the recipients of the complete system as part of the national Lennox “Feel the Love” program that gives a free furnace to a family in need. Collier’s is a Lennox dealer and is only one of two Lennox dealers who participated in Indiana.
Nominations for the furnace started in June and resulted in more than 15 families being nominated. Collier’s said the Adams family was chosen because of the heroically long hours both parents work to support an adopted daughter with special needs and a special needs biological infant, along with health issues both parents have faced that “led to some income insecurity, leaving their savings drained and the stress of dealing with HVAC equipment that was 30-plus years old and failing.”
The family was nominated by a family friend and did not know about the program or the nomination until Collier’s phoned to let them know and to schedule a site visit to see if they met the physical HVAC criteria of the program.
Kevin Lehman, co-owner of Collier’s, said Lennox provides the furnace for free and Collier’s provides volunteer labor of their skilled technicians for professional installation. The regional Lennox territory manager, Joey Peak, provided the surprise donation of an air conditioner unit. The total for the family’s new system is around $7,500, Lehman said.
Devan said he and his family have lived at their Main Street, Warsaw, home for 5-1/2 years and they’re very appreciative of the donation. He works two jobs – one at Keystone RV and the other at Texas Roadhouse – while his wife works at the Bowen Center. They have a 13-year-old daughter, Lydia, and a 1-year-old daughter, Adeline.
“It’s all about helping the community,” Lehman said Saturday. “Collier’s has been in the community for 33 years, and partnering with?Lennox – we’ve been a Lennox dealer the whole time. It feels good to give back.”