When a landlord in an Oregon public housing complex forbade tenants from installing in-window air conditioning units, the residents’ lives were put in jeopardy until a good Samaritan came up to provide assistance.
As the weather began to warm up in Oregon, the Yamhill County Housing Authority announced that window-mounted air conditioning units posed a significant risk of fire and would have to be removed from all public housing buildings.
As a result, renters were forced to endure scorching heat without access to the air conditioning on which they had grown to depend. In the event that anybody refused to remove their units, they put themselves in danger of being evicted.
Nicki Sherman and Mary McGrew, who are also tenants, both have preexisting medical issues that are made worse by the heat. However, since they lived in public housing, they lacked the financial resources necessary to switch out their window air conditioners for portable air conditioners. They were staring at a terrible choice: significant health problems or eviction from their home.
The circumstances were so precarious that they captured the attention of the neighborhood press. A person by the name of Kim Stark made the decision to help Sherman and McGrew after stumbling into a television piece that reported on the predicament they were in.
Stark, in contrast to the two ladies, has the financial means to acquire portable air conditioners, which he subsequently did. He spent $1500 at the neighborhood hardware shop to purchase two of the units.
The wonderful act that Stark performed moved Norman Chusid, the proprietor of the hardware shop, and as a result, Chusid made the decision to engage in a similarly selfless act. He did not pay the standard delivery price for the air conditioners and instead delivered them himself by hand.
Nicki Sherman and Mary McGrew were overcome with joy and thankfulness when they discovered what a kind stranger had done for them. “Not only heating or cooling our home, but also comforting our emotions,” Sherman said.
It’s possible that you have resources that someone else may use, and if you share what you have with others, you could have a significant positive impact on their lives.