Knowing La. heat, fan drive needs support

Louisiana’s weather is notoriously unpredictable. Just Wednesday, we awoke to humid weather in the 70s that quickly dropped into the 50s within two hours.

The heat is no exception and we all know that our late springs – and especially summers – can be unbearable. Many of us in good health have experienced a variety of problems due to hot weather. Louisiana temperatures are not only uncomfortable; they are also deadly.

Chances are you or someone you know keeps a number of fans of different shapes and sizes on hand to beat the heat as well as save from running air conditioning units too often. Maybe you have one too many or are looking to upgrade to a different model. Maybe you even have some extra cash to buy an affordable fan.

Whether you have the fan or cash, you have the opportunity to help out senior citizens in need in Jeff Davis Parish. The local Council on Aging (COA) and Amedisys Hospice have joined forces to provide as many fans as possible to those seniors most in need in our area.

We don’t have to list the familiar struggles our seniors face financially; as in all of America, an alarming number of our senior citizens spend more of their finances on medical costs than anything else. When you consider all the necessities a person of any age must pay for, the costs are high. But our senior citizens face even higher costs in some areas while their income is much lower than the average person.

A good fan does not cost a lot of money but some seniors simply cannot spare the change. Many of us have the means to help them out; many of us could even do without a fast food meal or two in order to give an elderly person a cooling device that could help them so much.

Please consider showing your support for our seniors by assisting in this year’s fan drive. Donate new fans or a gently used fan in good working condition, or even donate a few dollars to the drive. All monies will be used to purchase fans for seniors. To donate or learn more about the free fan program for seniors, call the COA at 824-5504.

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Posted by on Apr 25 2013. Filed under Editorial. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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