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Ellsworth helps family ‘Feel the Love’

By CHUCK BALLARO - | Oct 14, 2020

The Ellsworth Heating & Cooling crew, led by William Barnes, second from right, were installing an air conditioning unit for Laura Lewis, far right and her husband during the Lennox “Feel the Love” campaign Friday. PHOTO PROVIDED

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Jason and Laura Lewis had spent the last six years nursing the central air unit they had in their house. But sooner or later, their luck was going to run out.

However, thanks to a good word from a local air conditioning company, they were able to get a brand-new unit for their home, including all the ductwork, through a national program put on by a major AC manufacturer.

On Friday, Ellsworth Heating & Cooling came to the Lewis home to install the unit, which was given as part of Lennox’s “Feel the Love” campaign. The project that would cost more than $5,000.

“I didn’t even know about this program. Mr. Barnes called me and told me he nominated me for the Lennox program and we were selected,” Laura said. “The things Ellsworth does for the community is amazing and they keep it local to support the community.”

The Lewis family was nominated this summer for the COVID-19 giveaway from Ellsworth, but were not selected in a blind draw. However, Ellsworth General Manager William Barnes read their story and found it worthy to pass on.

“She lost her job because of COVID and her husband being on the front lines was something. What they do in the community by giving back was another,” Barnes said. “We saw they couldn’t do for themselves so I thought it was a great time to step in.”

Jason Lewis is a corrections deputy with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office while Laura, who was furloughed from her job, serves as secretary with the North Fort Myers Civic Association. Both are active in their local church and give to the community without asking for anything in return.

Laura has lived in her North Fort Myers home for 35 years. Much of that time early on was without air conditioning at all. The unit they purchased used 12 years ago was constantly needing repair and was in need of replacement.

This year, civic association president Doug Daily nominated Lewis for the Ellsworth giveaway. Lewis didn’t think she qualified.

“I didn’t think I could be nominated because I was in the civic association and they help out with the Ellsworth giveaway. This program has nothing to do with the Ellsworth one,” Lewis said.

“Feel the Love” started 10 years ago, but Ellsworth got involved for the first time this year after doing its Christmas in July program for 18 years. Last year, Lennox gave away around 230 units nationwide and expects to do as many as 300 this year.

All the units were installed this past weekend as a way to climax the campaign.

“Need is always a consideration, but a big feature with this program is that the homeowner is a person who gives back to their community,” said Justin Zanella, a Lennox representative, who has three dealers participating this year.

Winners were also selected in Cape Coral and Lehigh Acres this weekend.