By Ralph Adams, OESP President
OESP is relentless in enriching the lives of others, dedicating time and resources to rally around to people in need.
In part, we do this through our charity, Oil Heat Cares.
Allow me to share the story of Linda Best of Ellicott City, MD and her family. They have been Parker Fuel customers for several years.
Her husband, Brian, owned a sheet metal company and did business with me more than 30 years ago. Brian was an honorable man who sadly passed away a year and a half ago. The Best’s son passed just six months prior to that.
Linda now lives alone.
On a routine HVAC maintenance call earlier this summer, Parker Fuel found a crack in her home’s furnace heat exchanger. The air conditioning also required updating. Unable to afford replacements, Linda reached out to me, and I quickly got Oil Heat Cares on board.
I am proud to say we secured a $2,200 grant for a new oil furnace and air conditioning system.
The weekend prior to July 4, while most of us were out enjoying our holiday weekend, several of the Parker Fuel employees cut their vacations short to install the new systems.
I would like to thank Jon Tilman, Cody Schoeffield, Kodey Foster and Jim Henderson for donating their time and making these critical updates happen.
Allow me a moment to extend appreciation to those vendors responsible for making the project happen. Boyertown Furnace provided a H2L two stage oil burner below cost. Ferguson Heat & Cooling gave us a good price on the condensing unit and cooling coil. Carlin will be starting up the oil furnace this fall. Parker Fuel donated all of the incidentals and labor.
Linda was moved to tears. While no one can erase the pain of loss she experienced over the last few years, OESP was able to make her more comfortable. She also knows people out there care.
Thank you to all who generously support Oil Heat Cares. For more information, please visit www.oilheatcares.com. We hope that you will consider getting involved.