Insurance Won’t Cover Thieves’ Damage to Pregnant Woman’s AC, but Her Community Will

By Li Yen, Epoch Times
March 11, 2019 Updated: March 22, 2019

Pregnant mother  Teresa Steele, from Richmond, Virginia, found herself in a difficult situation after a thief stole copper from her heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system.

The resulting damage to the HVAC system wasn’t going to be cheap to fix and things were tight financially for her.

“I called insurance and they wouldn’t cover it,” Steele told CBS 6.

Steele was forced to live with no air conditioning or heat for months, and she had to resort to using space heaters to keep her house warm.

But with winter approaching, Steele was getting worried. She was concerned what her broken HVAC system would mean for her daughters and yet-to-be-born child.

Steele was informed she had to deliver her baby early; that meant she had to bring her newborn back to her cold home. This was certainly the last thing she wanted.

“I don’t want to bring a baby home and it’s cold and have social services take them from me,” she said. “I don’t want to lose my kids.”

On top of it all, if she didn’t get her HVAC unit repaired within a few weeks, she would lose her homeowner’s insurance.

To buy a new HVAC unit would cost $6,000. That’s money she didn’t have, and she couldn’t work due to high-risk pregnancy, adding further financial strain.

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Steele didn’t want to move out of her Church Hill home because it’s a special place that contains many cherished family mementos.

Despite the obstacles in her way, Steele believes in not giving up.

“You never know who’s out there listening to you,” Steele said.

“You have to have faith… and have to believe that the more you spread your love, someone will have love to spread back to you.”

It turned out she was right.

On Oct. 24, 2018, Steele asked for help to fix her damaged HVAC unit through the CBS 6 Problem Solvers program, and the result was overwhelming. Her phone started ringing non-stop with offers to help.

In the end, Bobby Robinson, the owner of River City Heating, arrived at Steele’s house with his crew to install a new HVAC system free of charge.

Bobby Robinson 发布于 2011年11月15日周二

“What goes around comes around, so one day I might be in need of help and hopefully there will be help for me,” Robinson said.

Even more amazing, Dominion Energy pledged to help Steele pay her energy bill through its Energy Share program.

Thanks to the help given by the community, Steele’s house has a HVAC system, and for that she feels blessed.

This heartwarming story serves to remind us that there are many wonderful things that will happen to us as long as we continue to spread love and have faith in the goodness of people.

If you give love, you’ll get it back!

Watch the video below:

Pregnant mother ‘so blessed’ by kindness of strangers

An expectant mother who begged for help fixing her home’s heating system is overjoyed by the outpouring of support she has received after contacting the CBS 6 Problem Solvers.After the story aired Wednesday evening, Teresa Steele said she feel “so blessed” by the response."My phone’s going crazy. People were sending me messages and saying stuff like, ‘We’re willing to help,’” Steele said. “And it was just bringing tears to my eyes."She was still crying when River City Heating owner Bobby Robinson and his crew pulled up Thursday.Robinson said his wife saw the story and urged him to help.“What goes around comes around, so one day I might be in need of help and hopefully there will be help for me,” Robinson said."You never know who's out there listening to you," Steele said. "You have to have faith… and have to believe that the more you spread your love, someone will have love to spread back to you."

WTVR CBS 6 News 发布于 2018年10月26日周五

Thumbnail Credit: Facebook | Tier 1 Heating & Cooling, LLC

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