Thomaston Oil Co. replaces boiler for needy family

<p>The Thomaston Oil Co. helped a struggling local family warm up this holiday season.</p>

News 12 Staff

Dec 9, 2017, 1:14 AM

Updated 2,363 days ago

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The Thomaston Oil Co. helped a struggling local family warm up this holiday season.
David Mathews and his wife have been without heat for two years -- because they couldn't afford a new boiler due to mounting medical bills for treatment of his throat cancer.
Matthews says he applied to 10 different programs to get help but was repeatedly denied. He says for the last two years, he and his wife had to boil water to take sponge baths and used kerosene heaters to keep warm.
Mathews didn't know who to turn to -- until he met Mike Pinette from Thomaston Oil.
Pinette heard about Mathews' broken boiler on Tuesday and installed a new one Thursday. The group Oil Heat Cares purchased the equipment, and Pinette provided the labor.
"It feels great to see that they are happy and knowing that they are going to stay in that house and they're going to be warm this winter through the holiday season," Pinette says.
Supporters have also set up a GoFundMe campaign to help the Mathews family get a new roof.


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