Metro woman on disability survives cold with broken furnace

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- On a cold and snowy winter day, most of us take for granted that we have heat and shelter. But one metro woman is trying to just survive.

Candles are the only heat and light source for Mona Crouch. With her furnace broken and out of commission, her house is ice cold.

“I got another jacket. I got this winter jacket. I got a pair of long johns on and the ski outfit and another pair of long johns on and I’m pretty warm,” Crouch said with a laugh.

Crouch spiraled into debt after her husband died. She’s living off of social security and disability for her rheumatoid arthritis.

“A check for me is $732,” she said.

Her money goes toward medical bills, insurance, and other utilities. There’s not enough for heat and electricity. She sometimes huddles around the gas stove for warmth.

“She’s just down on her luck, that’s what it really comes down to,” said Anthony Fernandez.

Fernandez lives across the street and often stops by to check on his friend of 45 years.

“I went over there this morning and took her a big cup of coffee and I took her a bagel,” he said.

Surrounded by the warmth of good friends, Crouch remains hopeful that she’ll make it through the winter.