Donors give woman free electricity while she provides hospice care to brother

(WXYZ) - It never crossed Vickie Stanley's mind when she called 7 Action News, that her family's story would touch so many hearts.

"I don't think I have seen this part of humanity before," said Stanley.  "It's been an amazing feeling in my heart."

Stanley's 39-year-old brother Vinnie Lyke is in home hospice care at her house in Taylor.

He suffers from several health problems and a recent stroke has left him paralyzed on the left side.

While DTE Energy tried to work with her, Stanley could not afford the bills. On Monday, her power shut off.

It left the family frantic because Lyke is on oxygen, and desperately needs it throughout the day.

"He's like a baby," said Lyke's niece, Jennifer Brantley on Monday. "A baby gets scared… and when he doesn't have that oxygen, he gets scared."

DTE tried to help Stanley with a payment plan but she told 7 Action News she just could not afford it.

After looking for help through several organizations, Stanley called 7 Action News.

Within hours of our report, her power was restored and DTE reworked out a payment plan of $110 dollars a month.

Then Wednesday, Pete and Anthony Gasper, owners of Randazzo Heating and Cooling stepped in and offered to pay her bill for the next entire year.

"I don't have to worry and I can care for Vinnie hopefully for another year… with air conditioning and heat," said Stanley.

Vickie and her family have a message to the men helping them during this difficult time.

"Thank you so much for helping me for helping me for the whole year it's been an amazing gift," said Stanley.  "You must be like an angel, you know, helping a family in need this much."

"Just a big big thank you to Pete and Anthony Gasper from Randazzo Heating and Cooling and to Channel 7 for listening to our story and putting the word out there," said Brantley.  "We thank you all."

The generous donors did not want to go on camera because they told 7 Action News this story is not about them, but about Vickie and her family. 

The Gasper brothers hope it encourages other people to give to those in need not just during the holiday season but all year round.

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