Note: we are republishing this story which originally made the news in April 2017.
In a heartwarming tale from the heartland, a Willmar, Minnesota family found solace and warmth amid a potential snowstorm, all thanks to the benevolence of a local company.
Jesse and Maria Hulscher faced an unexpected hurdle when their furnace decided to go on strike on Feb. 23, just a day after welcoming their newest family member, Adler.
“Instantly, panic set in,” Jesse recounted. “I have a two-year-old here, a newborn coming home in a couple of days, and this was before the big potential snowstorm.”
With Maria still at the hospital with Adler, Jesse swiftly reached out to Magnuson Sheet Metal, hoping for a swift and economical resolution to their heating predicament.
“He said the fan’s not working, the furnace isn’t working, my wife is in the hospital, we just had a baby yesterday,” shared Magnuson co-owner Craig Aurand. “I just said take it easy, we’ll be right there.”
Expressing relief, Jesse highlighted the prompt response of the Magnuson Sheet Metal team, who managed to fix the issue in just an hour. Little did he anticipate the heartwarming surprise awaiting them when the invoice arrived in the mail.
Opening the envelope, Jesse found a receipt that carried a simple yet profound message, ‘no charge, take care of the new baby.’ “I was like, what? No. This can’t be real. And he’s like, ‘I know I can’t believe it either,’” Maria said in disbelief.
Aurand, a known figure for his acts of kindness, clarified that such gestures aren’t orchestrated for publicity. “We didn’t do it for the PR, we just did it to be good people. That’s it. Just to extend kindness to these people,” he emphasized. Aurand stressed that their generosity is rooted in community spirit and compassion.
In a world often marked by challenges and uncertainties, this tale of local goodwill shines as a beacon of hope. Magnuson Sheet Metal not only fixed a technical glitch but also exemplified the spirit of community support, embodying the belief that, in times of need, a helping hand can make all the difference. The Hulscher family’s experience serves as a testament to the positive impact that unexpected kindness can have on individuals and communities alike.
This act of generosity reminds us that amidst challenges, communities can rally together to provide comfort and support, fostering a sense of unity. It’s a testament to the power of compassion and community spirit, showing that even in the face of adversity, small acts of kindness can create a ripple effect of positivity.
Sources: Fox 9