Viewers Help Family Get the Heat Back On

One Omaha family doesn't need to do any shopping, their Christmas wish has already come true.

A string of bad luck left the Warren family without heat. Their children were forced to live with their grandparents. But the family is back together thanks to the generosity of some Channel 6 viewers.

Calyn and Gwen Warren were injured and couldn't work. Their electricity was shut off in early November and their two children were not allowed to stay in a house with no heat.

"When that first happened it kind of shook us," Calyn Warren said.

But thanks to some generous viewers who saw our story earlier this week, the Warren family is back together again.

"It is a miracle," Calyn said. "I never thought anything like this would happen. We were struggling until the last minute and when people started helping out and doing things like this and pay our bill and came out here and made sure everything was fixed and everything we needed, that kind of blindsided us with happiness."

"I couldn't stop jumping up and down," Gwen said. "It was kind of surprise and really happy and overjoyed we have to thank everybody for that."

The anonymous viewers who gave this Christmas miracle to the Warrens did more than help someone in need. They reunited four-year-old Shawn and two-year-old Karma with their parents for their first Christmas together in their own home.

"This is our Christmas present, got the heat on people helped us out and we thank them very much," Gwen said.

There's no telling how many other families are in need of a helping hand, but it's not too late to do what we can for others this holiday season.

"There are so many people in our community that are not unemployed so they are not eligible for unemployment benefits or their hours have been significantly cut," said Linda Berkle with the Salvation Army.

Donating to the energy assistance fund is one way to help. Other charities are reporting donations are down from previous years. A little gift from the heart can be the best present possible.

"The main thing is the kids are back here," Calyn Warren said.

The Warrens plan to pass along the feeling of good cheer to others by donating their time to help others.

Those wishing to help others with a financial gift can check the heat aid fund donation box on utility bills.

You can find out more information on how to help, or be helped, by clicking here.


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