Lexington business donates new heating systems to seven families

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Several Lexington families received a much needed gift Tuesday. It's part of one company's annual giveaway during the holiday season.

The people who came to Fayette Heating and Air thought they were only finalists to receive a new heating and air conditioning system, but as it turns out, every one of them had already won.

The seven families waited for what they thought was a drawing when the owner of the company, Bret Melrose, told them they would each be receiving a new system, free of charge.

The reveal was an emotional one for those giving and those receiving.

"I've had other years I've really just broken down, I'm getting a little better at it after the seventh year," Melrose said.

"It's a relief, a whole great big relief, you just don't know how," said Estre Llite

"I'm a big boy, but I cried a little bit," said Woodie Staton. "Makes me feel good for somebody to be able to give back."

The recipients were nominated by friends and family. Each story is different but each of them are living in a home with no heat.

The thousands of dollars it would take for a new system is simply too much for one family already dealing with medical costs.

"My wife in in a wheelchair and we've got space heaters everywhere so for her to be able to get across without having to stop and move a space heater around, that alone is a phenomenal feeling for me," Staton said.

Melrose said they received 400 applications this year and narrowing them down was difficult.

"They're going to remember this, they're going to know this, they're parents are going to remember this and they're going to do something in their life that really pays it forward," he said.

The new systems are set to be in place before Christmas.

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