URBANDALE, Iowa — This October, Heartland Heating and Cooling, a Lennox dealer in the greater Des Moines area, provided a new HVAC system and install free of charge to a family in need via the Lennox "Feel the Love” community outreach program, marking the first time the program has been implemented in the state of Iowa.

The Feel the Love program was launched by Lennox in Wisconsin in 2009. Through the program, Lennox helps families in need by donating a state-of-the-art HVAC system, then having the equipment installed by a local Lennox dealer free of charge.

The program seeks to assist deserving families in need of a helping hand, specifically those with home comfort needs, and relies on nominations from community members to create a pool of potential beneficiaries. Recipients are selected based on a variety of criteria, including some type of hardship or challenge, and typically include families with a history of community involvement and/or military service.

The Evans family in Urbandale was nominated by a friend of a friend. Marcus Evans is a Coast Guard veteran; Melissa Evans, a nurse, hasn’t been able to work since 2009 due to ongoing medical issues. For them, the cost to maintain their aging heating and cooling system — to say nothing of replacing it — was something they simply couldn’t afford. The new system and the installation, which would have normally cost about $10,000, was completely free of charge.

Publication date: 11/2/2018

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