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Meals on Wheels needs fans to help keep seniors cool
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Meals on Wheels is soliciting help to keep seniors cool this summer by asking the community to donate fans for those that can't afford them.

There is nothing like air conditioning on a hot day but some in the community, especially those on a fixed income, simply can't afford it, so a box fan is your next best bet. Even that expense is too much for some so Meals on Wheels likes to help out with that but this year the fans just aren't coming in like they usually do.

"These people yesterday and their house was hotter inside than it was outside they didn't have a fan they didn't have anything," Heidi Mott with Meals on Wheels said.

Mott said they see that situation all too often. For 80-percent of the people they serve a check-in from volunteers is the only daily contact they get. On Tuesday Meals on Wheels received six fans that were donated by members of the community for seniors, a kind gesture to say the least, but they need more to meet the demand.

"Many of them don't have enough money to buy the food that they need let alone extras like fans, they're in these apartments and small buildings just sweltering, some of them are in houses but regardless they can't afford air conditioning let alone fans," Mott said.

If you have a new or gently used fan you would like to donate to Meals on Wheels you can drop those off at their downtown location near 2nd and Adams between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. any day of the week except Thursdays.

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