Knowing the need for foster parents, Dr. Nicole Nelson decided to step in five years ago.
“I didn’t go into foster care to adopt,” said Nelson, but all that changed after she fostered four siblings who became eligible for adoption. She adopted them in the summer of 2022 and is in the process of adopting their half-sister.
The children range in age from 2 to 11.
“We’re a family,” said the hometown hero who received a helping hand Oct. 10 when employees from Sig Cox installed a new Lennox heating and air conditioning system and knocked a few items off her to-do list as part of the Feel the Love program.
“We did some yard work, and we’re fixing a railing that is rotting. We asked for a list of things. We can’t do everything, but we’re doing as much as we can, said Jeff Miller, president of Sig Cox.
Feel the Love is an annual event sponsored by Lennox. During the second week of October, 235 Lennox dealers will install units in homes across the country. The recipient goes through a nomination process.
Nelson, an Army veteran who is a family practitioner at Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center, said she felt unworthy, but was “really, really happy and appreciative.”
Also with Sig Cox employees helping out with the additional repairs that meant she didn’t have to get on a ladder at midnight after the children were in bed, she said.
Miller, who purchased the company two years ago, said it was the first time Sig Cox had participated in Feel the Love, which began in 2018, but he feels it goes along with the mission of his company.
“We want to continue to give back to the community,” said Miller.
Sig Cox works with other organizations such as Turn Back the Block and Habitat for Humanity.
Charmain Z. Brackett, the publisher of Augusta Good News, has covered Augusta’s news for 35 years. Reach her at email@example.com. Sign up for the newsletter here.
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