Shasta Drilling Helps Oak Run Couple
Donation Could Help a Dying Oak Run Man Go Home
"A generous gift from a Redding company may mean a dying man spend his last days at home. Marsha Saites wants nothing more than to bring her dying husband, George, home so they can spend his final days together.
"I think the least he deserves is to die in the home he put all his strength and energy in." says Saites with tears streaming down her face.
She explained the house the couple built together has been without water for the last month. She says it's been hard but she has learned to make due without running water but she can't possibly take care of her sick husband without it.
Saites says the well that has been on the property for the last ten years stopped working.She paid a drilling company 2,000 dollars to fix it. They tried to drill but the well collapsed.
After that she called Shasta drilling. The owner of the company, Michael Colbert, was on the property to due an estimate over the weekend.
On Monday morning Saites got the surprise of her life and potentially an answer to her prayers. Colbert was so touched by her story that he offered to drill her a new well, free of charge. Colbert estimates the work would have cost her $6,000 to $9,000.
"What I am donating is small compared to what they will get from it," says Colbert.
Saites says she was speechless when he told her. She called him out for an estimate, she never asked or expected him to do the work for free.
She says she didn't have the money for the well but was hoping to borrow from someone, but even then, she was worried she would lose the house her husband George loved so much.
Colbert says drilling for water isn't an exact science. It can be hard to find water especially in the foothills but he is dedicated to doing everything he can to get the water running and the family back together.
79-year-old George Saites is at Canyon Wood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Redding.
He has Parkinson's and Lewy Body Dementia, a progressive disease with symptoms similar to Alzheimer's."
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