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Local non-profit collects fans for low-income elderly to stay cool in Texas heat

The United Way of Central Texas partnered with Senior Care Centers of Western Hills to collect 120 fans this year for low-income and disabled elders.

TEMPLE, Texas — With temperatures expected to reach about 90 degrees Wednesday and summer on the way, the United Way of Central Texas are working to keep elderly residents cool.

The United Way of Central Texas partnered with Senior Care Centers of Western Hills to collect fans for low-income, disabled elders who don't have the opportunity to adjust their AC during the summer months. 

The organization's goal this year is to collect 120 fans, after collecting 91 fans the first year and 156 fans last year. More fans were collected than the set goal amounts each year.

Veshell Greene, the director of public relations with the United Way of Central Texas, said they are hoping to surpass their goal this year. 

She said it is important for the community to help because no one should suffer with the heat.

"We want to make sure our elderly, our shut-in, are safe and healthy because when temperatures rise high inside the homes we don't know what could happen to them," Greene said. 

The organization will first accept unused box fans or monetary donations at different senior care centers in Temple, then at the United Way of Central Texas building for two weeks.

Drop-off Locations: 

•Wednesday, April 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Marlandwood East
1511 Marlandwood Road, 254-899-6500

• Thursday, April 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  at Marlandwood West
 1700 Marlandwood Rd., 254-743-6200

• Friday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Western Hills
512 Draper Drive, Temple, 254-742-7500

For more information on the non-profit organization, visit the United Way of Central Texas website: http://www.uwct.org/