Plumbers Spread Goodwill This Holiday Season

Military vet teams up to provide scholarships, collect food and toys for children, spouses of killed or disabled soldiers
Plumbers Spread Goodwill This Holiday Season
Gott Plumbing Repair owner Rauni Gott (left), Jonathan Gott and Martha Wagoner (right) of the Freedom Warriors Veterans Organization collect food items. (Photo courtesy Rauni and Jonathan Gott)

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Jonathan Gott of Gott Plumbing Repair in Glasgow, Kentucky, believes in the spirit of giving. A military veteran, he, his wife and business owner Rauni and their employees have spent the month of December sharing with the community that has supported them the past 10 years.

Beginning in November and through Jan. 1, the Gotts are donating $5 from every service call to the Folds of Honor, a nonprofit foundation that provides scholarships for the spouses and children of soldiers killed or disabled in service to our country.

“Our goal is to give away 200-plus agreements,” says Jonathan, now retired from the business. “We may keep giving away more during the upcoming months.”

The Gotts also teamed up with the nonprofit Freedom Warriors Veterans Organization to collect cash, food and toys to help veterans in and around the community.

Earlier this month they collected $1,313 in cash and about $1,000 in toy donations during a one-day drive.

But the giving doesn’t stop there, the Gotts have partnered with the Great Onyx Job Corps to teach the plumbing trade to its members and provide them with a real-world experience and job placement.

"This is just another way for us to give back for what has been given to us," Rauni says.



Pictured (from left) are Phillip Jones, Isaiah Ianno, Sam Eaton, Marquese Herndon and Steven Bearden of the Great Onyx Job Corps at the home of Rauni and Jonathan Gott of Gott Plumbing Repair. Not pictured is Brian Taylor. (Photo courtesy Rauni and Jonathan Gott)


The Gotts say their spirit of giving began in March when they met Maj. Dan Rooney (left), founder of the Folds of Honor Foundation.

“We wanted to do something that would truly benefit those in our small rural area,” Jonathan says of Glasgow, population 14,000 and located about 95 miles south of Louisville.

“Being that I am a former veteran, this was something that was dear to our hearts. After this we started to look more into our local community organizations and found a great group called the Freedom Warriors,” he says.

“This is a very small group of veterans that not only helps our veterans but the entire community by fixing up home for needy families, buying clothes, conducting food and toy drives, and so many other things. Over the last several weeks of joining these fine people, our company, along with the Freedom Warriors, has collected over $600 in cash and a van full of food items.”

Gott Plumbing Repair matched up to $475 in food donations, which was given to Next Step, a local food bank. Gott also took part in the local Christmas parade, sponsoring the Freedom Warriors, and went to local nursing homes, handing out gifts to former veterans and participating in a flag-folding ceremony.


Ernie Wagoner (second from right), Commander of the Freedom Warriors, presents a check for $600 to Jon Harbert (third from left), director of Next Step Ministries of Glasgow, Kentucky. Also pictured are (from left) are Jonathan Gott (retired Army veteran) of Gott Plumbing Repair and Jamie Richardson (retired Air Force). (Photo courtesy Rauni and Jonathan Gott)

Here’s what other plumbers are doing this holiday season:

In Julian, California, Amber Lovin, an apprentice at the PHCC (Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association), who finished at the top of her class after the first year, and her 13-year-old son are giving each child in a class at a local school a simple gift.

“Every class usually has a holiday parties so it’s easy to use that as a time frame,” she says. “We leave the gifts on their desks with a bag of candy and holiday treats. The kids get surprised by having a gift waiting for them and not knowing where it came from. It’s something my son and I do. We’ve done this before as a group, and since I don’t have a lot of money this year, I thought it was good to pick a small class, and my son is at an age where it’s good to help others and see their excitement.”

Mr. Rooter provides no-cost service

In Waco, Texas, Mr. Rooter Plumbing, through its national Let it Flow campaign, is providing no-cost service to randomly selected customers.

“While the holidays keep us and everyone else busy, they’re also a time for a giving,” says Doyle James, president of Mr. Rooter Plumbing. “We know that there is never a good time for a plumbing emergency. But the holidays could quite possibly be one of the worst times to need a plumber, so we wanted to surprise our customers by taking some of the financial burden a plumbing disaster could present from their hands.”

Happy holidays!


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