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Margaret McMahon and her husband, Robert, have been putting quarters into their own washing machine for the last 13 years.
More than a decade ago, Margaret McMahon and her husband, Robert, inherited a coin-operated washing machine from a relative. And over the years, the couple dealt with using quarters to clean their laundry.
The Sunrise woman and her military veteran husband were expecting to receive new appliances on Memorial Day this year, but by the time the holiday came around, Robert had died, McMahon was ill and the house they shared was falling apart.
Tuesday, the appliances arrived, accommodating several of Margaret McMahon's needs just in time for the Fourth of July.
"I had a stove that leaked gas, a refrigerator that was very old and nasty, and a coin-operated washer and dryer," said McMahon, 59, of Sunrise, who received a refrigerator, stove, washer and dryer. "I never really thought I would see it the way I wanted it and it's happening."
The household items were donated by warranty company Cross Country Home Services as part of its "Operation Appliance Aid" program, which helps veterans and their families settle comfortably in their homes.
Rebuilding Together Broward County, which is helping renovate the home, lead Cross Country Home Services to McMahon.
"We work primarily with military veterans. Her husband passed away, but the family was still in need," said David Tripp, vice president of human resources at Cross Country. "His wife is facing a lot of troubles, and we're honored to do this. It's the least we can do."
McMahon's troubles, however, go beyond her home.
The woman suffers from chronic pancreatitis, cirrhosis of the liver and is awaiting a knee replacement. Her primary caretaker was her husband, who died of lung failure in May.
"All I remember is that I thought it was these people coming to do something with the house," she said.
"Everything is hard with my husband being gone and me being sick. It's the pain, and not having my husband here; it's too much."
As she walked past her husband's ashes in her living room, McMahon explained how her home was infested with fleas and without electricity for months.
Sandra Einhorn, executive director of Rebuilding Broward, has been working with McMahon and says many of the people the organization helps are in similar vulnerable situations.
According to Einhorn, the remaining renovations of the house will take a few more months.
Discussing her coin-operated washer, McMahon says, "I know what I'm gonna do, I'm gonna go in there with quarters and forget that I don't have to [use them]."