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LifeCare Alliance Helping People 'Beat the Heat' with Free Fans

COLUMBUS (Terri Sullivan/Ken Hines) -- LifeCare Alliance is once again working to make sure central Ohioans can beat the heat during the summer months.

The organization's annual Beat the Heat fan drive is now underway. The program provides free, donated box fans to medically fragile central Ohioans so they don’t have to decide between buying groceries or medicine, and getting relief from the heat.

“During this depressed economy, we are depending on the central Ohio community more than ever," said Chuck Gehring, President and CEO of LifeCare Alliance. "More families are in need, many of whom have children who suffer from chronic illnesses such as asthma. We need to collect, distribute, and surpass last year totals of 4000 fans."

The program has proved to be popular in central Ohio, and this year will likely be no exception. The waiting list for LifeCare's fans stood at 100 people on Monday.

South Columbus resident Linda Collins was able to take her name off that waiting list after receiving a fan on Monday. Collins suffers from COPD, asthma, and congenital heart failure, and needs to remain cool.

Collins said she feels like she’s suffocating when she is exposed to hot temperatures.

“It’s real humid,” she said. “It’s just hard to breathe.  It’s really hard to breathe.” 

Collins said she lives on a fixed income and would be unable to afford a fan without the assistance of the LifeCare Alliance.

“I really appreciate it,” Collins said of the Beat the Heat program.  

Anyone interested in donating to the program is encouraged to drop off a new fan at any fire station in Columbus, Marion, or Madison County.

Anyone in need of a fan should call the Fan Campaign Hotline of LifeCare Alliance at 614-437-2870.

Click here for more information about the Beat the Heat program.
 
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