'I was actually in tears': Saskatoon Crisis Nursery asks for financial help, community responds
Money to cover $3K furnace bill raised in 3 hours
A warm feeling of gratitude is circulating around the Saskatoon Crisis Nursery this week.
I needed to ensure that I had a warm place for the kids.- Lisa Welter-Mills
The community-based organization — which functions as a safe house for children under 12 — had a rough Christmas holiday after it found out its building needed a costly furnace replacement at the end of December.
On Monday, the group decided to use social media to reach out to the community for financial help.
"I was actually in tears as I opened up my email and there were so many emails about donating for the furnace fund," said Lisa Welter-Mills, program director for the nursery.
Carbon monoxide detected
After a call to the fire department and SaskEnergy, Welter-Mills said high levels of carbon monoxide were detected outside of the house. That meant the building's furnace had to be shut down.
"At that point, I needed to ensure that I had a warm place for the kids," she said, adding there were three children in their care at the time.
Luckily, a replacement furnace was installed later that day.
$3K furnace bill
But when Christmas came, so did the $3,000 bill for the furnace — an amount the organization couldn't afford.
Welter-Mills said they decided to wait a few weeks before asking for help.
On Monday, the group posted to Facebook about the problem. In the span of three hours, they were inundated with offers of help, raising more than enough to cover the cost of the new furnace.
"I knew it would make some sort of impact on that bill but I had no idea how quickly, and that also the whole amount would be covered.
"I was really, really shocked."