Community gets involved to help Mid-Southerners beat the heat

The entire community and various agencies are getting involved in helping people beat the heat.

It all starts at the heat hotline center inside the Shelby County Administration Building.

Operators at the Heat Hotline Center take the calls and decide who qualifies for assistance. The Aging Commission of the Mid-South then coordinates where the free box fans are going.

"We've given away a 1,000 fans when normally for an entire heating season we've given away 600," says Kathryn Coulter.

Coulter also says the Commission has received hundreds of dollars in donations. "I had an older lady from Lamar, Mississippi send a money order for $20. I can't tell you how much that touched me because I know that $20 meant something to her," Coulter adds.

Once the applications are processed, the box fans go out to those in need by way of volunteers and staff members.

Larry Turner works at the Aging Commission. He's giving up his lunch break to deliver this fan to a 90-year-old woman.

"Praise the Lord. I be pretty cool in the house during the day, but at night I be real hot," says Aner Lee Murphy. "Hallelujah! Thank you Jesus. God going to do the rest. He takes care of me. God bless y'all. God bless you, God bless you," adds Murphy.

What a difference a $10 or $15 dollar box fan can be for one person. The Aging Commission of the Mid-South only gives out fans.


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