Oklahoma summer heat is hardly bearable, let alone when you do not have the means to conventionally cool your home. The Community Action Agency in Midwest City (CAA) has created a solution for individuals in need of finding relief from the extreme heat. Box fans are being donated to those individuals in need, however they are going fast and the need for fans is greater than fans available to give.
In mid-June, the CAA office in Midwest City received twenty donated box fans. Over the past few weeks, nearly every fan has been given away. The program tries to aid the citizens with high priority status including senior citizens, single mothers with children, pregnant women and at-risk individuals struggling with health issues.
Although the above mentioned candidates are a priority, anyone without a means to cool their home may seek help from the CAA Midwest City office. This program has been in effect every summer for nearly 30 years. Each year, CAA employees have the great reward of helping those facing the greatest need.
“Recently, I had a 77 year old woman come to us for help because the condenser of her A/C was clogged and not draining, as a result cold air was not circulating in her home. I went out to visit and provide her with a box fan. She was extremely appreciative, even though it was just a fan, it saves lives,” said CAA Midwest City Area Director, Gloria Love.
In addition to the summer cooling program, the CAA provides help in emergency situations, food and clothing donations, home repairs, GED preparation classes, rent/mortgage and utility assistance as well as other aid programs.
The summer cooling program is still in need of and accepting box fans donations. If you would like to donate, please contact the CAA Midwest City office at 405-869-9354. Donations may also be dropped off at the office between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at 1124 N Douglas Blvd in Midwest City, OK.
Monday, July 2, 2012
by Kay Hunt