In battle against heat, elderly residents receive fans - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Ben Watson

In battle against heat, elderly residents receive fans

Mid-South charities, wanting to keep residents cool, handed out fans Tuesday as Memphis' heat wave continued.
  
The sound of a new fan was music to Mary Carter's ears.

"It has the air circulating and it makes it cool," she said.

Tuesday, Carter was the latest Mid-Southerner to get a free fan from the Aging Commission of the Mid-South. 

To Carter, the fan came right on time.  Until Tuesday, she had been trying to cool her home with a couple of small window units.  Before her free fan, temperatures in her living room often went over 90 degrees.  To beat heat Carter keeps containers of ice-water handy, and wears light clothing.  At age 85, she is concerned about heat related illnesses.    

That's why she was grateful the Aging Commission stepped up to help her and many other seniors keep cool.

"It's a blessing where they think of me and give me something or other like this," she said.

Carter is just one of hundreds of Mid-Southerners who have been given free fans.  To get a fan, a resident must be 65 or older.  Those people who are disabled can also apply.  For more information, call 901-545-HEAT.


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