SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Senior citizens are particularly vulnerable to heat illness and there’s an annual effort gearing up to help them cope.
The searing heat wave is underway before Senior Citizens, Inc. (SCI) — a local non-profit for senior support services — begins their fan drive.
SCI’s Vice President of Development, Anne Cordeiro, says their box fan giveaway begins next Monday, June 3. Cordeiro says this campaign has filled a need for thousands of seniors in Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, and Liberty counties for years.
“Like all of us, they need to stay cool, but many of the clients that we have, unfortunately, they do not have air conditioning in their house or the cooling that they have in their house is inadequate,” she said, adding, “It’s important, particularly in the heat that we’re experiencing, that we keep our bodies cool.”
Cordeiro said this year may actually bring an increased need.
“I mean we are at the tail end of May, surely it’s supposed to be warm. But I think we all can agree that the last few days have just sweltered in heat,” she said, adding that she hope it’s not a trend all summer.
“But I think if this, what we’ve seen so far, is a precursor, then we’ve just got some hot days ahead of us,” said Cordeiro.
Right now, Senior Citizens, Inc. is accepting new fan donations at their headquarters at 3025 Bull Street in Savannah, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“Oh, there is room for more. We fully anticipate that we will give all of the fans that we gave away, plus more that are to come, that we hope are to come once the fan drive kicks off,” Cordeiro said.
Those who qualify for a fan must be 55 years or older and have an income of less than $1,000 per month. Individuals must provide proof of income and a photo ID. One free fan will be given away per household while supplies last.
Those interested in donating more than a fan can visit SCI’s website here.