Modine Manufacturing Company recently announced that it has joined with ABC Television’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and donated HVAC products to warm a church and gymnasium in Hurricane Katrina-damaged New Orleans, La.
The 120-year-old First Emanuel Baptist Church in the central city of New Orleans was damaged in the storm and needed a new roof and general makeover. Two members of Modine’s staff joined the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” team to tackle the challenge of updating the existing structure and give the 1,200 members of the congregation new hope.
In addition to repairs to the church and the gym’s roof, the crew also built classrooms and a library in the gym for children. The episode, which aired on ABC-TV, Thursday, April 6, 2006, is part of four special episodes titled “After the Storm,” and one of the largest projects tackled in the three seasons of the network show, according to Modine.
“We are extremely proud to help this congregation in New Orleans to get back on its feet. When Extreme Makeover called and asked for help, we did not hesitate. Our employees around the globe are proud to help those whose lives have been turned upside down by Hurricane Katrina,” said Wayne Canfield, Modine’s general manager of the Commercial HVAC and Refrigeration Division.
Modine donated two Power Vented Blower Unit heaters and all the support equipment, which were installed in the church’s gymnasium, and one large Power Vented Blower Unit heater and support equipment, which was installed in a New Orleans Habitat for Humanity warehouse nearby.
“When we traveled to New Orleans and Gulfport, I couldn’t believe the damage that is still there six months after the hurricane. It’s immediately apparent that there is still great need in this area. We were thrilled to be able to help this congregation have a warm place to go, for kids to have somewhere to play basketball and for the church to have classrooms in which to teach. It was a life-changing experience to see all the devastation and be able to help in this way,” said Hal Sindelar, Modine HVAC product manager.