Precision Heating ran a contest last month giving away a free home heating system,  including installation, to a community member in need. Entrants were asked to share why they (or a friend) deserved to receive a new system. The company planned to pick one lucky winner, someone who would not otherwise be able to afford reliable heat.

And then something amazing happened. Precision received so many worthy submissions that owner Tom Robichaud decided to give away a new, high-efficiency American Standard Gold XI furnace every month in 2013.

“We are excited to give back to those in need and are simply overwhelmed by the touching stories we’ve read in the entries,” said Robichaud.  “[Our community has] shown us so much support over the years and we try to repay the favor in any way we can.”

Earlier this week, a Precision technician was called to the home of an elderly woman whose heat was so poor that icicles had formed in her living room. The company had found its next winner.

“We’re excited to announce that she will be receiving a brand new heating system free of charge,” Precision posted on its Facebook page yesterday. “We can’t wait to see the look on her face.”

Bravo to Precision Heating for its ongoing community philanthropy. To enter, visit www.precisionheating.com/furnace-giveaway.