Getting Fans to Seniors

By Tracy Clemons

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA)- The Caddo Council on Aging tells KSLA News 12 that the community has donated more than 800 fans in this year's fan drive.  Between the fans it has handed out to its seniors, and the fans the Caddo Council has distributed to other councils on aging, about 550 have gone out so far.

Felix Pinnix got a box fan from the Bossier Council on Aging.  Before he got it, he cooled his home with ceiling fans, and his aging and costly central air conditioning.

"It's really expensive trying to run the air conditioner...that central air.  And this fan has just been a blessing," Pinnix says.

His fan stays on the dining room table, and keeps the entire front half of his house cool.

Wameshia Gardner picked up fans Wednesday from the Caddo Council on Aging for nine of her clients.  She works for Exceptional Client Care Services, a Medicaid provider agency that assists elderly clients.

"We noticed that some of our clients don't have air conditioner or fans and it's extremely hot in some of their houses," says Gardner.

The Caddo Council on Aging is actually running out of space to store the fans that have been donated and are still coming in.  It expects another donation of about 300 fans next week.

"We've been giving fans to Red River Parish, Beinville Parish, Bossier Parish, Natchitoches Parish," says CCOA Executive Director Mary Alice Rountree.

Wameshia Gardner tells KSLA News 12 that the fans are a big deal for her clients-"It's very important that we keep them cool because of heat strokes, heart problems, and different medical conditions of that nature."

As they continue to hand out fans, the CCOA cautions seniors, and anyone running a fan in their home,  they should open a window or a door to keep the fan circulating fresh air.

If you're age 60 or above, and you qualify, you can go to the CCOA Monday through Friday between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. and get your's.  For the people outside of Caddo Parish, you can call your local council on aging to find out when and where you can pick fans up there.