12 On Your Side: Free fans available during heat wave

By: Elizabeth Owens Email
By: Elizabeth Owens Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Friday, June 29, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Area ministries are helping low-income families stay cool by giving out free fans.

"I'm slow and tired," said Robert Rowe, who does not have air conditioning in his home. "It can eat up most of your income right there when it gets too hot and you try to run the air conditioning."

Thankfully, the fans in his home do give him some relief from the scorching temperatures.

Melissa Wheeler with Action Ministries knows just how important fans are for low-income seniors and families.

"I think a fan can mean a matter of life or death for someone who does not have air conditioning," Wheeler said.

Here are a few local ministries giving fans to those in need:

  • Action Ministries is offering new fans to seniors over the age of 62. They also are giving fans to families with children. All you need to do is to show a photo ID and Social Security number to get one. Action Ministries at 303 Hale Street in Augusta and is open on Mondays and Tuesdays.
  • The Salvation Army is also helping people stay cool by handing out vouchers for fans. The Salvation Army is at 1384 Greene Street in Augusta.
  • New Bethlehem Community Center is giving away used fans to seniors over the age of 60. All you need to do is show a photo ID. The center is at 1336 Conklin Avenue in Augusta.

All of the ministries are in need of more fans because of the high demand. If you would like to donate a fan, please stop by at any of the above ministries.

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