Catholic Charities Helping Center in Salllisaw is asking residents to help others beat the heat of the Oklahoma summer by donating new or gently used fans and new window air conditioning units for those without cooling systems in their homes.
"We're asking, begging people to think about those without cooling in their homes and to think about what it must be like for them in the heat of the Oklahoma summer," MaryLynn Lufkin, Helping Center coordinator said. She explained that the elderly and those who have no cooling system in their homes are given priority for the fans and window air conditioners. "We serve the neediest of the needy first," she said. "That's the only way to be fair."
Lufkin added, "It doesn't have to be a big fan. Sometimes just a little fan by the bedside will help."
Donated fans and window air conditioners may be dropped off at The Helping Center at 409 Adams between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Lufkin said the donations should be brought to the back door on the south side of the center. The fan and air conditioner drive will continue through Labor Day, Lufkin said, because the need is so great and the heat is so hot.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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