Benton woman cooling off with donated fans - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

Benton woman cooling off with donated fans

Exie Jenkins received two fans donated by KSLA News 12 viewers. Exie Jenkins received two fans donated by KSLA News 12 viewers.
BENTON, LA (KSLA) -

An elderly Benton woman is once again able to cool her heels in her own home now that she has a couple box fans to help ease the sultry summer days.

Exie Jenkins' central AC broke down three months ago, just as the hot Louisiana weather slithered into the ArkLaTex.

She looked around for some cool relief, but was unable to find an organization that could donate some fans to her family.

"The guy said, 'I'll have to check around see what I can do,'" she said Tuesday.

But it turned out several of the organizations were out of fans.

So, KSLA News 12's fan drive with the Caddo Council on Aging came in handy for her.

Jenkins explained the worst part of the whole situation is, "being hot." Until now, she has settled for escaping the heat under the shade of a tree in her front yard.

Not knowing who to call, Jenkins called the Bossier Sheriff's Office, who in turn, connected her to a group that could help.

"They called me back and said channel 12," she said.

Thanks to the generous donations of our viewers, we had two fans to bring to Jenkins. She was touched by the big hearts of the people who donated.

"Thanks very much, keep on donating," said Jenkins.

She's already thinking about how she can pay it forward and help someone else in the same situation.

"Maybe one day, I can donate," she said.

You can help out too. Just drop your fans off at KSLA News 12 located at 1812 Fairfield Avenue in Shreveport.

Fans will be accepted through Labor Day.

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