Area residents seeking air conditioning for relief from heat

MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) – Right now folks who don't have air conditioning are scrambling to get some, to help survive the heat.

74-year-old Lula Gordon is a fighter, a survivor who has overcome so much so far.

"I had a heart attack a few years ago. And I am a diabetic. Have asthma too. I'm not gonna name everything," she said.

She's spent most of this recent heat wave on her front porch. Without air conditioning, her apartment is unbearable.

"HOOOO... Just like a furnace. It's so hot up in there," Gordon said.

When a friend at church found out, she called county mayor Mark Luttrell's office, which had seen our story Sunday night about Sober House trying to hook up those in need with A/C.

"We almost didn't make it," Larry Hunter with Sober House said. "The delivery truck decided it wanted to break down but I said I wasn't gonna let that stop me."

Within hours of the call, neighbors connected Gordon's new window unit, the cool breeze waving the end of the drapes.

"As long as it takes. Until the weather, temperature goes down, we gonna be out here everyday," Hunter said.

Gordon says she's grateful for the generosity and a friend's watchful eye.

"Oh yeah, I have a beautiful church family," Lula Gordon said. "They are so great. You wouldn't want to be in a better church than Greater White Storm Missionary Baptist Church."

Because now, among a long list of other deadly obstacles, she overcome the heat now too.

Sober House asks anyone in need of A/C or anyone who wants to donate to give them a call.

The number is 901-581-2860.

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