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Our online content provides another avenue to highlight the amazing ways plumbers make a difference in their communities, like Todd and Gina Grundmeier, co-owners of T ‘N G Plumbing in Dexter, Minnesota, who have taken “thank you” to another level after a fire destroyed their home and possessions in 2010.

People they didn’t know brought meals and clothing. The company was later named Plumbing Business of the Year by the Austin Chamber of Commerce and Best

Plumbing Company in Mower County by readers of the Austin Daily Herald. Gina was overwhelmed.

“After the Best Plumber award, I thought the most appropriate thing was to reach out somehow and thank the community for holding us in such high regard,” she says. “That’s when I came up with the ‘Pay It Forward Project.’”

For the past three years, Todd and Gina have been making a difference in the lives of others — one bathroom at a time.

When a man — paralyzed from the waist down — had difficulty squeezing his wheelchair through a narrow bathroom door, Todd and Gina were there.

When a couple — battling back after the loss of their son and daughter to suicide from bullying and depression — sought relief from a broken water heater and shower
that dripped into the basement, Todd and Gina stepped in to help.

This spring, when Becky Josephson, a woman waiting on a kidney transplant, and her disabled husband were overrun by mold and mildew from leaky water pipes, Todd and Gina were there for them, providing a $40,000 home makeover.

Gina even offered a kidney if a donor couldn’t be found, and went through the first phase of testing.

In June, Becky underwent transplant surgery and is on her way to recovery — thanks to the kindness and generosity of a plumbing company in Minnesota.

“We have so much to be thankful for,” Gina says.

How do you make a difference in your community? We’d like to share your story. Give me a call at 888/261-5141 or email editor@plumbermag.com For more on Todd and Gina Grundmeier, check out their story “Minnesota Plumbing Company Helps Rebuild Lives” at Plumbermag.com.



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