FAIRFIELD — The cold snap sent Stephanie Harper to turn on the heat at the family home for the first time this season – an attempt that brought a bad surprise and then a great one.
Harper, whose 102-year-old grandmother Cosie Hearon lives with her, discovered that air was blowing but no heat was flowing and a new unit would cost nearly $3,000.
Then her husband, Levon, called to let Harper know that the Dixon company that had come to their home to check the furnace would take care of everything at no charge. The work is part of what installer Hector Gracia-Medrano, who was working Friday at the Fairfield home, calls the “Santa program” of Dependable Heating & Air Conditioning.
Sales manager John Stone met the 102-year-old Hearon when he came to the Harper home and discussed with Stephanie payment options for the work.
“I said, ‘Let me talk it over with my husband,’ ” Stephanie Harper recounted.
The phone call from Levon with the good news followed.
“Wonderful things have happened in my life, but not anybody being that big of a blessing,” Stephanie Harper said.
“I believe that God works that way,” she said. “We’re not surprised when he shows up.”
The Harpers had been relying upon their fireplace and a small portable heater to keep warm.
The big bill that loomed to bring more heat to the home was making for a mighty modest Christmas and the Harpers’ two teenage daughters were happy to hear about the help from Dependable Heating.
Installer Gracia-Medrano said the surprise he helped provide is part of the holiday season.
“I love it every year,” he said of the Dixon’s company Santa program.
Grandma Hearon spoke at the Fairfield home Friday about how “God blessed me with everything I needed” and remembered her days as a youth in Arkansas when her farm work would bring $1.25 a day. She worked in grass taller than she was, Hearon recalled.
“It’s a blessing just to live,” she said. “God doesn’t have to let you live but he does.”
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