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Local agencies seeking fans for those in need

By Sonny Long
July 7, 2010 at 2:07 a.m.


DEWITT COUNTY FANS

CUERO - The DeWitt County Sheriff's Office Employee's Association has begun a Fans for Friends project. Until July 15, new fans in boxes will be accepted and the Association will match donations up to $500.

The fans will be distributed to the elderly and those with small children in DeWitt County. The fans or donations may be dropped off at the DeWitt County Sheriff's Office, 208 E. Live Oak St. in Cuero.

Those who need fans may contact the Sheriff's Office at 361-275-0899 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

With temperatures continuing to stay in the 90s and heat indexes sometimes reaching into the 100s in the Crossroads, local agencies are seeking help for those most at risk.

The Victoria Senior Citizens Center and the Community Action Committee of Victoria are collecting donations, either of box fans or cash donations to buy fans.

"We need fans," said Debbie Garner, executive director of the Senior Citizens Center. "We already have a waiting list and expect it to get even longer the deeper we get into the summer."

Vicki Smith, executive director of the Community Action Committee, said her organization has about six dozen requests for fans already.

"A local business has offered us a reduced price on fans if we can get the funding," Smith said.

To donate fans, cash or to sign up to receive a fan, contact the Senior Citizens Center at 361-576-2189 or go by 603 E. Murray St. Those in need of a fan may also sign up at the Community Action Center, 4007 Halsey St.

Donations of fans or cash may also be made there. Call 361-578-2989.

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