Volunteers help warm the Zinz family’s home and hearts


The coldest part of winter is just around the corner and when it gets here, a certain Portage County family will stay warm inside their century-old house, thanks to the generosity of some friends and volunteers.

Dan Zinz, of Suffield Township, had his right arm amputated Dec. 6 after learning he had a form of cancer in October. The 33-year-old father of four daughters keeps his family warm by heating with wood, and was concerned this year he wouldn’t be able to cut and process the wood, due to his surgery.

That’s when the family decided to hold a day of volunteering — Nov. 10 — and about 30 volunteers turned out to cut, split and stack the wood into sizes his wife, Bessie, could handle. The couple’s daughters range in age from 4-12 and the family burns wood to offset the high cost of burning gas, which Dan said had previously cost him about $500 a month.

Read the whole post on our blog, The Social Silo.

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