Rancho Cordova Disabled Veteran receives much-needed gift



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Sacramento, CA. (Saturday, October 10, 2020) – A Rancho Cordova disabled veteran received a new heating and air conditioning unit from Bonney and Lennox this Saturday during their national “Feel the Love” event.

Bonney began requesting nominations in June from community members to help those facing physical, mental, or social disabilities, financial challenges, or job loss. Military, community service and local hometown heroes were also critical factors for choosing a Feel the Love recipient.

“We received more than 50 nominations from across the greater Sacramento region,” said Oscar Poort, General Manager of HVAC and Electrical for Bonney. “The committee chose Karriem Glaster from Rancho Cordova as we learned he was a disabled veteran that served in the army, he has asthma and just didn’t have the resources to replace a non-working unit since he moved to his house over five years ago. He works hard putting others in the community first. It seemed like a natural fit.”

For the past 10 years, Lennox’d Feel The Love program has donated heating and cooling equipment to help deserving residents across the country, helping more than 1,300 families stay comfortable and safe in their homes. This is the first year that Bonney has taken part in the social responsibility event, and says they will continue to do so for years to come.

“It’s been tough living in a house with a non-working system that’s more than 27 years old,” said Karriem Glaster, an army veteran from Rancho Cordova. “As a homeowner, you always have a lot of conflicting priorities and we just didn’t have the money to buy a new furnace and air conditioning system, so this is a great and much needed surprise. I’m in shock and very grateful.”

Karriem and his wife Kimberly are celebrating their fifth anniversary since moving to their home on the same day as they are receiving their new system, providing them much needed relief.

“It’s overwhelming to me because I’m getting chills just thinking about it,” said Kimberly Glaster, Karriem’s wife. “This winter I’m not going to be freezing like normal with my blanket and my hat and my gloves, it’s just going to be so nice.”

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