Decatur - Click the thermostat on cold. Sit back and chill. Many of us take air conditioning for granted. But those on fixed incomes often can't afford it.
The Northeast Community Fund, which provides food for low income families, is distributing fans to those in need. "We've given away 59 fans so far," Assistant Director David Hinkle told WAND News. "We have about 80 to give away. But we want to continue to give these away until the need is met."
With temperatures remaining in the 90's for at least the next week, the demand may last a long time. The Northeast Community Fund is accepting donations of both cash and fans. One woman donated $100 to buy fans. The St. John's Lutheran Church VBS did it's part, "They gave us twenty fans for that particular week and it was just terrific, just terrific" Hinkle stated.
Purchasing fans to donate is relatively inexpensive. A 20" box fan runs in the $15 to $20 range. One fan we observed still had a $16 price tag on it.
Hinkle especially wants to assist single mothers with children. "It's a hundred degrees outside. And it's a lot hotter inside," he said. "That's what I really want to be able to do. Help as many families during the heat to have as much relief as possible.
The Northeast Community Fund is located at 825 N. Water Street. It has been helping Decatur residents since 1969.