Heat for the Holidays winner revealed
Every year, the Heat for the Holidays giveaway sponsored by WXXV, Geiger Heating and Air, and Trane gives a complete heating and air system to one lucky family on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Wednesday morning, News 25 knocked on Jackie Warren’s door in Gulfport to let her know she was the lucky winner of the Heat for the Holidays giveaway. “I was just overjoyed,” said Warren. “This was my great-grandparents house and after Katrina it got really cold and really hot. I don’t even know what to say. I’m just so happy.”
They’ve never had a heating and air system in their house. Trane Territory Manager Donnie Handler said, “When we came in the oven door was open and that’s how she was heating the house when we got here.”
Chanel Herron, Jackie’s daughter, said, “I just want it to be warm and cozy during the holidays. It gets cold like that. I just want it to be warm.”
For the past six years this contest at WXXV has sought out local families that are truly in need of some ‘heat for the holidays.’ Brian Younger with Geiger Heating and Air said, “We do it, love it. I’ll do it in a hundred years for that. The blood, sweat, and tears my guys put into my job. We do it right.”
Handler said, “It’s great to see how when someone really needs something like this everybody in the community can come together.”
Until now, the Warren household used alternative measures for warmth. “Space heaters. We have gas heat, heated blankets.”
“I didn’t even think it was real. I entered then my friends entered my name because they always do so much for me. I’m just overjoyed and so thankful to have the friends I have.”
Once Geiger’s guys get out there, they’re going to have the system installed in one to two days.