Thieves struck a Salvation Army storage facility in Grandview, MO. The bad guys got away with copper wires needed to heat the building, but failed to freeze out the charity's Christmas plans.
"We're without heat for our mass distribution next week," said Maj. Steve Koehler, who heads up the southland Grandview Salvation Army outpost. "So we had to figure out what to do."
He took the call about copper wiring being stripped from the roof over the group's temporary holiday storage site on Blue Ridge Boulevard.
No donations were touched, but the lack of heat put the Salvation Army's work of handing out toys and meals at risk.
"We've registered a lot of families that are counting on us to serve, but we need an adequate facility to do that," Koehler said.
So Koehler reached out to the Grandview Chamber of Commerce for help, who contacted the city of Grandview and found a rescuer.
"We didn't hesitate," Gayla Andriano with United Heating and Cooling said.
Andriano said United Heating and Cooling took action as soon as the company heard how the Salvation Army had been left in the cold. Friday morning they delivered and installed an air handler, a temporary heat source, to keep the holiday headquarters warm.
"We support Salvation Army every year and then having this additional opportunity made it even that much more special to all of us," she said.
"That will make a merry Christmas for the 1,000 kids we'll be serving and the 500 families that we'll be serving with food baskets as well," Koehler said.
He said he was confident someone would step in and help the Salvation Army. What the combined effort of the Grandview Chamber of Commerce, the city of Grandview and United Heating and Cooling produced, Koehler calls priceless.
"This is very special. It's a blessing that has definitely exceeded our expectations," he said.
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