OKLAHOMA CITY — Our In Your Corner team is helping Oklahoma families stay cool this summer.
The sweltering temperatures are all the state expects for the next few weeks and for some living without air conditioning, the dreadful conditions will prove life-threatening.
The Salvation Army is currently out of fans to help those on a fixed income living without air conditioning; they are in desperate need of donations.
Sue Bailey relies on a single, worn out ac unit to cool her entire home.
“I mean, in our room it gets hot. It’s an older house,” Sue said. “There’s no insulation. We can’t even sleep at night.”
Sue was diagnosed with Lupus and is in a bitter battle with cancer.
Her family survives on next to nothing and depends on the Salvation Army for assistance.
“These are hardworking people,” Salvation Army spokesperson Heide Brandes said. “People just struggling to make ends meet. A lot of them have disabilities.”
Recently OG&E helped kick off the Salvation Army’s annual fan drive with a large boxed fan donation.
“We know they’re people here, the low-income and elderly, who can struggle in the summer, struggle in the heat, struggle with paying their electric bills,” OG&E spokesperson Kathleen O’Shea said.
Ace Hardware donated another 100 fans.
Only certain groups can qualify for a new fan:
- Senior citizens age 62 and older
- Families with infants under 6 months of age
- The disabled with chronic illnesses
Sue was a perfect candidate.
“A lot of sleeping, comfortably,” Sue said. “I’ll have my daughter in there with us, even though she’s older and doesn’t want to be.”
If you would like to help, you can drop off a new fan at the Salvation Army’s main building on 501 S. Harvey during normal business hours.
You’ll also be able to donate a new fan at our Second Annual KFOR-TV Fan Drive.
Monday, July 9
4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Rococo’s Restaurant and Wine Bar
Corner of N. Penn and 28th St.
If you’re in need of cool air, contact the Salvation Army to see if you qualify for a new fan.