CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Several central Virginia families are now prepared for any cold weather the winter may bring. Volunteers from the Albemarle Housing Improvement Program, Lennox, and Beck Cohen teamed up to provide free heat pumps to families in need.

Those units will save the families a bill of about $7,000. NBC29's Daniel Grimes caught up with one Charlottesville woman who no longer relies on space heaters to keep her family warm.

"It was so exciting, it was like winning the lottery, it really was, because when you think of all the people that were involved and could have gotten the opportunity and that we were selected,” said Cheryl Megginson, homeowner.

“I got to spend some time with the families and chat with them, got my hands in the dirt a little bit with several other things around the houses,” said Adam Purcell, Lennox Territory manager.

All three families who received a heat pump, and the organizations involved, later celebrated the generosity with an event at Three Notch'd Brewing.