(Cincinnati) - Not everyone in Cincinnati has a way to keep cool in these extreme temperatures.
That’s where Saint Vincent de Paul’s fan drive comes in and there’s still time to help the charity keep neighbors comfortable in high heat.
“Just imagine turning off your air conditioners and your fans and try to live in this kind of weather, it’s brutal and it’s not healthy for you,” said SVDP Community Relations Director Skip Tate.
A donation of $20 is SVDP needs to buy a fan. A $100 donation allows them to buy air conditioners.
The fans will be distributed on July 11, starting at 1 p.m. at SVDP’s Liz Carter Outreach Center in the West End.
Tate said people will probably start lining up for fans around 11 a.m. and that they need an I.D. to get one. Recipients are allowed to get a new fan every other year.
“Usually we give out about 150,” Tate said. “People of Cincinnati were very generous and were able to donate some more money so we were actually able to buy several more, so we will probably be able to give out closer to 200 this time.”
Anyone who gets in line early will be able to get popsicles and water to keep cool, Tate said.
It’s hard to tell if there’s an increased need for help in Cincinnati this summer because it’s been so hot.
“It’s hard to tell whether it’s actually increased,” Tate said. “At least with the case of the fan and the air condition, whether it’s just the hot weather to has contributed to it. There’s always a need.”
Donations can be made to Saint Vincent de Paul by going to www.svdpcincinnati.org/Give_Help.