Life is difficult for military spouses when their significant others go away on deployment. When you’re suddenly left as the sole provider in a household, it can be pretty shocking when all of the responsibilities—especially the ones your partner took care of—suddenly fall on you.

One Pennsylvania mother learned this firsthand when her furnace broke while her husband was overseas with the National Guard. Not only did she have to arrange the repairs, but she was afraid she wouldn’t be able to afford them.

Yet when the repairman arrived, she learned a very important lesson about human kindness. In fact, just about everyone can learn something from this story!

“This is a bit lengthy,” wrote Bridget Stevens, whose husband, Bobby, was deployed with the National Guard overseas at the time. “But I just want to take a minute to acknowledge Betlyn Heating and Cooling. I came home with the boys to a cold house that was 50 degrees.”


“When turning up the thermostat was not kicking the furnace on, I called Betlyn’s, thinking I’d get a machine and have to leave a message, then run to the store for space heaters.”

“Ultimately, Paul, the owner, answered and was very patient as he walked me through different things to do to try to get it back on. When none of that worked, he said he needed to come to the house to fix it. As he was working on the furnace, we got to talking about Bobby and the deployment.”


“I had mentioned in passing that I tried to figure it out with my husband, but since he’s deployed and couldn’t see it, he wouldn’t know what to do. After he was finished, I was a little apprehensive about how much it was going to cost. He handed me the slip that is in this photo.”


“When I tried to give him any money at all, he said that the $1 was a joke, and to thank my husband for his service. So, thanks Paul Betlyn. My house is nice and warm thanks to you.”


Faith in humanity restored! It’s so amazing that there are people out there willing to give back. Way to go, Paul! Hopefully, everyone who reads this will learn to pay it forward.

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