Nuns Without Heat Inch Closer to Fundraising Goal

More than $160,000 in donations have poured in to help the nuns fix their heating problem

Donations have poured in for a group of nuns who work and live in a West Side church that lost heat during this week's subzero temperatures.

More than $160,000 has been raised so far to help the nuns of the Fraternite Notre Dame order, which is located in the Austin neighborhood. During the record-breaking cold weather this week, both of the church's massive boilers stopped working, leaving the nuns without heat.

To cope with the cold, the nuns have been sleeping around electric space heaters.

A Go Fund Me page was set up for the nuns with an initial goal of raising $40,000 to pay for temporary equipment to heat the building until the spring. The page now shows more than $67,000 in donations.

A heating company temporarily fixed the problem for free, but the nuns could be left in the cold again without a more permanent fix.

A permanent solution for the building's heating problems is to buy new boilers and invest in proper insulation in the building, which is more than 100 years old. The total cost for this permanent fix is $200,000.

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