• Community steps up to provide A/C units to families in need

    By: Mark Becker

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - After 75 years of Charlotte summers, David Crawford knows all about summer heat.

    He and his wife live in a small house in west Charlotte that his father built.

    For the last 20 summers, they've been staying cool with a single air conditioner in their dining room.

    A couple of months ago, the unit suddenly stopped working and they were forced to suffer through the heat.

    “And so, I was trying to make some type of preparation to either get that fixed or get another one,” said Crawford.

    The Crawfords are just two of hundreds of people in Charlotte without air conditioning units in their homes this summer.

    Crisis Assistance Ministry told Channel 9 about the family's air conditioning need last week, so we shared their story.

    On Tuesday afternoon, a new air conditioner showed up with the Crawfords' name on it.

    “It's great when the community responds to the need,” said Liana Humphrey with Crisis Assistance Ministry.

    She said they’ve collected about 25 air conditioners since Channel 9 aired the story last week.

    “Each one is bringing relief to somebody who's been suffering through this heat here in Charlotte,” said Humphrey.

    The Crawfords are looking forward to the cooler days of summer with a special message to those who made it possible, “May God bless them. You do good to them, God will open up the doors to you.”

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