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Local Non-Profits Collect Fans and Water for Elderly

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(KCEN) – As temperatures continue to rise, so does the risk of heat stroke – especially for the elderly. Local non-profits are hoping to help seniors beat the heat this summer, but they’re asking for the community’s help.

“It could be a matter of life or death for a lot of them. If you have an elderly person living in a home and they’re not running their air, it could be devastating for them,” Della Ryberg said.

Della is the director for volunteer services at Friends for Life, a non-profit that helps the elderly and adults with disabilities. She says their volunteers do a number of things, including making calls to many elderly in the community each week just to check on them.

“The heat is just unbearable in Texas and I see a lot of elderly are hesitant run their air conditioners if they have them because of the electric bill,” she said.

Meals on Wheels volunteers are seeing the same thing.

“They don’t realize that they’re getting dehydrated, and I’ve found clients who have spent the night on the floor because they passed out and they’re too weak to do anything,” Meals on Wheels volunteer Phillip Spears said. “I’ve delivered meals when they’re just soaking wet because they didn’t turn on the air.”

Seeing the need – both Friends for Life and Meals on Wheels are asking for fan donations so they can deliver them to elderly in the community. Meals on Wheels is also taking water donations so they keep their clients hydrated.

“They’re definitely vulnerable to dehydration and they may not even realize they’re not drinking enough water,” Meals on Wheels director Tammy Woods said.

Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness, and those 65 and older are more at risk. Warning signs include high body heat, rapid pulse, dry and hot skin, dizziness, nausea and headache. If you know of an elderly family member or neighbor, you are urged to check on them often.

If you would like donate fans or water you can visit the following  links:

http://friendsforlife.org/donate/make-a-donation/
http://mealsandwheelswaco.org/


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