RICHMOND, VA—After an 8News report aired featuring a local family suffering through a heat wave with no air conditioning, an 8News viewer stepped in to help.
"It feels like it's 89°F in here, and 90 some degrees outside; that's how hot it is," said 8News viewer Wanda Render who doesn't have air conditioning in her home.
Render, along with her family, have been struggling all summer with AC units that she says don't work.
"My three year old says, 'Mom it's hot, I have to go upstairs, and it's not much cooler in my room'!" Render explained.
She and her kids, along with her parents, have been forced to resort to fans to keep cool with summer.
But even then, she says, it just circulates warm air—until an 8News viewer stepped in.
8News viewer Kelly Blanks said she knew she wanted to do something to help after seeing Wednesday's story.
"Anybody, I feel upset, not having air conditioning," said Kelly Blanks.
After viewing Wednesday's story, Blanks went out and bought a new air conditioning unit to keep the Render family cool.
"I had extra money to do it, so why not?" Blanks said. "I think if everybody does something like that, wouldn't that make the whole world a better place?"
Blanks asked for 8News' help to deliver the new unit to the Render family.
"I would like to say thank you so much," Wanda Render said. "So very much, thank you."
As a single parent with a busy work schedule, Blanks wasn't able to deliver the gift and asked 8News to step in.
"I would like to have been able to do it, but I'm glad you're able to do it, and I'm glad it's today," Blanks told 8News.
For the Render family, the new unit means cool air in the children's bedroom, and a place to turn from scorching temperatures.
"It means so much that there's actually still people out there that cares about people—it means a lot," said Render.
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