Nonprofit food pantry gets free HVAC system installed

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – Each week, more than 40 volunteers work from THRIVE Peninsula’s food supply to pack shopping bags for families that have been in need for years.

However, their location at Warwick Boulevard has one major problem: no air conditioning.

In fact, THRIVE Peninsula Executive Director Angela York says it can get up to 80 degrees in the pantry.

“They sweat. These are people who give up their days to come in and pack for us and it can be off-putting temperature wise,” York said.

Looking for a solution, she came in contact with Brandol Bradshaw of the Warwick Mechanical Foundation through the General Contractors Association.

With that hookup and a donation from Damuth Trane, they were able to install a $10,000 HVAC system for free.

10 On Your Side was there as volunteers worked to make it happen.

Bradshaw says it was a great project to get behind.

“Someone in our community is trying to help others in our community when we started spreading the word, we found that many of our customers and some of our employees have actually benefited from the bloom, so it built momentum as we got going said Bradshaw.

This new HVAC system concludes a six-month renovation of the facility, all made possible by volunteers and donations.

Some of those renovations included a “volunteer appreciation station” and a new three-door refrigerator.

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