A/C “Angel” Responds in Army’s Moment of Need

Speaking of beating the heat

While The Salvation Army has been working hard to help others find relief from the summer sizzle, even we needed help recently with battling the high temperatures, and we were amazed by the generous aid we received in response!

When the air conditioning units in one of our Salvation Army homeless shelters in Huntsville, Alabama quit working (one was completely shut down and the few others were only functioning at 30% capacity), the temperature inside the building reached into the 90’s, while outdoors registered above 100 degrees with the heat index. The heat was overwhelming for the shelter’s 60+ clients.

When heating & air business owner Thomas Ridgeway and his wife read a local news story about the shelter’s hardship, the Ridgeways didn’t hesitate to help. In fact, they agreed to postpone their anniversary dinner that evening, and at 11:00pm Thomas was knocking on the shelter door ready to get to work.

Vicki Thomas, director of shelter services, told me Thomas worked til 1:00am that night, and after working full days at his job, he returned to the shelter the next 3 days, arriving late in the night and each time working long past midnight. He repaired compressor motors, fan belts and leaking freon lines. Now, the air conditioners are fixed and they’re running as good as new! After all his hard work and sleepless nights, Thomas didn’t charge the shelter for his services.

Vicki recounted Thomas explaining his generosity as an overflow of the generosity he himself has received. He said the Lord has blessed him and his wife and he wants to in turn bless others, which he certainly did. Vicki called Thomas her “angel.”

Thank you to the Ridgeways for their kind service in our time of need, which enables The Salvation Army to serve others in need!

To read an account of the story covered by The Huntsville Times, click here.