Nurses from the Registered Nurses Club donated five fans to the Aging Commission of the Mid-South on Friday after the agency asked the community to donate fans for needy seniors to "weather" the summer heat.
This year donations of fans to the agency have almost withered away. The agency normally gives away about 100 fans a week but as they enter July they don't have any to hand out.
They are asking for box fans, which cost around $20. If you can donate you are asked to call 901-222-4100.
Electrolux donated 200 air conditioning units to help needy families cool down this summer. The $30,000 donation by the appliance manufacturer was made through the Neighborhood Christian Center, which is accepting applications from people who qualify.
Kendra Jones, NCC Compassionate Ministries director, said, "We all know how hot it gets in Memphis during the summer months. Living on fixed incomes and being without what most people consider a basic necessity is the harsh reality for many people in this city, and NCC is dedicated to helping those in need."
To apply you must be 60 or older, disabled in some way, and without a working air conditioning unit. Shelby County residents in need of an air conditioner should contact the Neighborhood Christian Centers hotline at 901-881-6013 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Applicants will need to bring a Tennessee state ID or driver's license, a most recent pay stub or SSI statement.
Aging commission needs fans for seniors