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Couple receives help for broken boiler, water heater

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Winter is on its way and the last thing you want weighing on your mind is if you'll be able to keep yourself and your family warm.

That was a big concern for one Mid-Michigan couple before they reached out to the TV5 Rescue Squad. They were struggling through injury and holding down employment.

Scott and Theresa Goist have been getting by with space heaters, but the winter could be much colder.

"It's pretty hard. It keeps getting harder," Theresa Goist said.

Her boiler has been broken for years so heat in her home is at a premium.

To make matters worse, she lost her job in June and hasn't been able to find work since.

Her husband has had his own medical issues. He has a job, but he said he doesn't bring home enough money to make ends meet.

With their bills piled high and their funds running low, they reached out to the TV5 Rescue Squad for help.

"All the money we've had to put away for replacements and repairs, between me losing my job and my husband's medical issues a couple of years ago, we've not been able to get that money back together," Theresa Goist said.

To add to their problems, the couple's water heater failed less than a week ago.

"We don't know what to do. I mean winter's coming," Theresa Goist said.

With cold weather around the corner, Scott Goist is fearful about what could happen inside their chilly home.

"It's got us very scared you know for what may happen. You know it could be a very nasty winter and we could be facing bad times," he said.

The couple said asking for help was the last thing they wanted to do, but they said they have nowhere else to turn.

"It's very hard for us to ask for any help. I mean, we're definitely struggling. We're on hard times," Scott Goist said.

One day after reaching out to the Rescue Squad, the couple received the help they needed.

"It is amazing. It has been truly overwhelming and a blessing and the calls are still coming in. So thank you guys so much," Theresa Goist said. "A huge weight has been lifted off of our shoulders. It's a blessing."

Residents in Mid-Michigan have pledged used boilers, new water heaters and money for the Goists.

"I just never thought that there was people out there to do such things like that. I know the little things I can comprehend, but the big things like that, that's just amazing," Scott Goist said.

Another person who is a licensed and insured contractor offered to help install the replacement boiler.

TV5 received many calls from people willing to help. People like Sam Morley.

"You know there's somebody that could use a boiler. We got one in the garage, why not give it to somebody that could use it," Morley said.

The Goists said they are thankful for the outpouring of generosity. They said they have something that didn't have 24 hours ago, a light at the end of a cold, dark tunnel.

"You guys have been amazing and we don't know how we can ever repay, but to keep paying it forward when we're able," Theresa Goist said.

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