A local animal shelter in need of a new air conditioner has received exactly that and much more, thanks to the support of Fox59 viewers.
"It has been an awesome, wonderful day," said Melissa Blair with the Muncie Animal Rescue Fund.
"This is a two and a half ton A/C unit," said Gavin Greene with Flaherty & Collins Properties.
Greene and a group of employees with Flaherty & Collins delivered a brand new central air conditioner to the Rescue Fund's Sanctuary Home on Wednesday morning. The vice president of the company saw the Fox59 report on Tuesday night, which detailed how the Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) had been scrambling together donated fans to save the elderly and special needs pets.
"(The vice president) saw the newscast last night and said, 'Oh, what can we do?'" Greene said. "We had a unit here within 12 hours of your story, by 10:30 this morning, and it was already running by 4:00 this afternoon."
By 6:00 p.m., the temperature inside the ARF house had dropped below 80 degrees for the first time in weeks.
"The majority of our properties are pet friendly, and so we want to make sure that the pets are happy too," Greene said.
"(The animals) are much happier," Blair said. "They are happier and we are happy. We are ecstatic and once again we are shown there are good people and there is kindness out in the world."
The generosity didn't stop with the air conditioner. Every time the Animal Rescue Fund receives a donation Blair's phone give off a ding, signifying a donation email. After Tuesday night's story, Blair said her phone blew up.
"As soon as the segment aired, it started dinging immediately, and it didn't stop," she said.
The donations continued throughout the rest of the day. Some brought more fans, others brought laundry detergent and supplies. Many more gave money.
"Right now I have 26 unread (donation emails)," Bliar said. "It's astounding, and it just shows how many animal lovers we have out there. It's a better world knowing we have this many animal lovers who are with us and behind us and they believe in what we're doing."
Blair said fundraising for ARF surpassed $2,000 in the 24 hours after the story aired on Fox59.
After visiting on Wednesday, Flaherty & Collins Properties also offered to replace some of the shelter's old cabinets and counter tops.