Mildred Lingold had a rough 2017 with problems with her roof, problems with her ceiling, problems with her front porch and a burnt-out heating unit that wasn't doing any good sitting outside of her home.
But before the winter weather really took hold of the area recently, Lingold, who will turn 80 in June, didn't have to worry about cold, uncomfortable nights.
For the fourth year in a row, Dalton Heating & Air spread the spirit of giving during the Christmas season. This year, the company that has been owned and operated for the last 26 years by Kim Morgan gave away two heating units. One went to Lingold and the other went to Norma Long of Chatsworth. Both ladies are in their 70s, and the company took nominations for the units on its Facebook page in November of last year.
"We have a successful business and have been blessed," said Morgan's son Isaiah, who works for the family business. "It's just our way of giving back and passing those blessings along."
For Lingold, it was a blessing she had no idea was coming.
"It was such a shock and I just feel so blessed," Lingold said. "I just couldn't believe it. I know there are good people in the world, but I never thought something like this would happen for me. The Lord has been so good to us."
Lingold said she had had technicians from Dalton Heating & Air to her house before to service her old unit, but it finally gave out last winter.
"That thing was completely burned up," she said of the old unit. "I did without heat for quite some time. I just could not believe they did this and I sure do appreciate it. I don’t know what I would have done with all of this cold weather, but the Lord has taken care of us."
Isaiah Morgan said the company has given away at least one and as many as three units during the past four years.
For their efforts in spreading warmth during the holiday season, the Daily Citizen-News names the owners and employees of Dalton Heating & Air Citizens of the Week.