The Afterglow team was greeted with surprise, sincere gratefulness and many hugs from Cindy and John Savage and their three children. Watch the surprise here.

“The furnace giveaway has become a tradition for us at Afterglow and we are so happy to give back,” said the General Manager of Afterglow Stephen McDonald.

The Savage family welcomed the Afterglow team into their Kitchener home this morning (Saturday December 19th). They are the winners of Afterglow’s fourth annual Furnace Giveaway.


The Afterglow team

“I am surprised. Relieved more than anything. I knew that our current furnace was near the end of its life and figuring out how to save up for a new one would be difficult,” explained Cindy. “Now that concern is just gone. This is the best gift ever.”

Cindy and John have been married for 12 years and are the parents to three children, a 10, 8 and 14 month old. John is unable to work due to health reasons, so Cindy works to support her family. Their current furnace is 20+ years old and has not been working properly. Cindy’s mom nominated her because she wanted to give her daughter’s family the gift of warmth this winter.

Hardworking mom Cindy greeted us at the door of her home with thank yous and tears, “this is the nicest Christmas present we could ever get. Thank you so much.”

Cindy and her family will not be left without heat this Christmas. The Afterglow team installed a brand new high efficiency furnace and a new thermostat within hours.


L to R: George McDonald, Charlotte and Cindy Savage, Stephen and Paul McDonald

To make this giveaway possible, the Afterglow team had many supporters. The high efficiency RHEEM furnace was donated with support from Noble Trade and the sheet metal was donated by BMC Sheet metal. The Afterglow team is thankful for all its partners. The estimated cost of this “gift of warmth” is over $5,000.

Stephen McDonald said, “thanks to everyone that nominated families and to the judging panel that made a very difficult decision. We are so happy that we could help the Savage’s stay warm this winter and for many more winters to come.”

Have a warm and merry Christmas!

Afterglow. Water, warmth, well-being.