A Stony Plain resident who has asked to remain anonymous was recently brought to tears by the kindness of a local business owner.
Blind and 66-years-old, she lost her 62-year-old husband just after Christmas of 2020. She now lives in a senior’s complex which has an in-suite digital thermostat not accessible to her disability. With summer nearing, she wanted to install a new thermostat allowing her to easily navigate between heat and air conditioning.
Assuming it was an easy fix, she asked her children to help her make the swap. However, they soon came to the realization that a professional would need to be contacted. Therefore, she called local business Fix it Right Plumbing and Heating LTD and explained her scenario.
The next day, the owner, whom she’d never met, arrived at her door with the requested thermostat. He installed it on the wall and proceeded to spend an hour and a half rewiring her furnace from a “sensory command” to a “manual command” in order to accommodate the new device. He then went outside to check her air conditioner, discovering it would not turn on. After dismantling it, he determined it was in need of a new circuit board. He told her would check to see if it was covered under her warranty and would return when he acquired the part.
At this point, she began to run the numbers in her head, assuming her bill would be somewhere around the $600 mark considering the $120 house call fee just for entering the home. However, when the owner returned the very next day with the circuit board, he told her she had two months left on her warranty and would therefore not have to pay for the part. It then took him another hour to install the device into the air conditioner. When all was said and done, he came back into the home and told her he would not be charging her a penny for his services.
“I started crying. I just could not believe he would do that. I told my children and other people I know and they couldn’t believe in this day and age somebody who doesn’t know you at all would come over and show that kind of an act of kindness,” she said.
During these trying times when tempers run so hot, she wants the community to know that there still are good people out there. She also believes living in a small community such as Stony Plain exposes people to the brighter side of humanity. She said she doubts this kind of charity would ever be shown to her living in a bigger city like Edmonton where people can often become a burden to one another.
“That’s what living in a small town is about. People care. I’ve had a lot of acts of kindness from people in small towns but this I thought was totally unbelievable,” she said.