Nearly 600 fans, $152K donated for 31st Family Eldercare Summer Fan Drive

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas summers can be dangerously hot, and staying cool while the temps soar is essential to staying healthy. On Friday,

Many people affected by the heat the most are the elderly, and some don’t even have air conditioning, exacerbating the problem to the point where it could threaten their lives. That’s where the Family Eldercare Summer Fan Drive comes in.

If you’d like to get involved, you can make monetary donations HERE now through the end of August, or bring inexpensive box fans to Whittlesey Landscape Supplies locations and the KXAN studio on July 16 for the Fan Drop Off Event.

Fan Drop Off Event

  • When: July 16 from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Where: Whittlesey Landscape Supplies and the KXAN studio. Locations found HERE.
  • What: Bring inexpensive box fans or monetary funds
  • Why: Because FANS SAVE LIVES.

10 p.m.

Friday’s final total for donations came out to $152,585. We thank everyone that took the time to show up and donate!

9 p.m.

By 9 p.m., the total came out to $149,338 in donations with 599 fans given to the Family Eldercare Summer Fan Drive. If you didn’t make it out — there’s still time to support the cause! You can donate online right now through August.

  • Volunteers were out at a few locations Friday, July 16, including the KXAN studio, to help collect donations for the 31st Family Eldercare Summer Fan Drive (Photo: Family Eldercare)
  • Volunteers were out at a few locations Friday, July 16, including the KXAN studio, to help collect donations for the 31st Family Eldercare Summer Fan Drive (Photo: Family Eldercare)
  • Volunteers were out at a few locations Friday, July 16, including the KXAN studio, to help collect donations for the 31st Family Eldercare Summer Fan Drive (Photo: Family Eldercare)
  • Volunteers were out at a few locations Friday, July 16, including the KXAN studio, to help collect donations for the 31st Family Eldercare Summer Fan Drive (Photo: Family Eldercare)
  • Volunteers were out at a few locations Friday, July 16, including the KXAN studio, to help collect donations for the 31st Family Eldercare Summer Fan Drive (Photo: Family Eldercare)
  • Volunteers were out at a few locations Friday, July 16, including the KXAN studio, to help collect donations for the 31st Family Eldercare Summer Fan Drive (Photo: Family Eldercare)
  • Volunteers were out at a few locations Friday, July 16, including the KXAN studio, to help collect donations for the 31st Family Eldercare Summer Fan Drive (Photo: Family Eldercare)
  • Volunteers were out at a few locations Friday, July 16, including the KXAN studio, to help collect donations for the 31st Family Eldercare Summer Fan Drive (Photo: Family Eldercare)
  • Volunteers were out at a few locations Friday, July 16, including the KXAN studio, to help collect donations for the 31st Family Eldercare Summer Fan Drive (Photo: Family Eldercare)
  • Volunteers were out at a few locations Friday, July 16, including the KXAN studio, to help collect donations for the 31st Family Eldercare Summer Fan Drive (Photo: Family Eldercare)
  • Volunteers were out at a few locations Friday, July 16, including the KXAN studio, to help collect donations for the 31st Family Eldercare Summer Fan Drive (Photo: Family Eldercare)
  • Volunteers were out at a few locations Friday, July 16, including the KXAN studio, to help collect donations for the 31st Family Eldercare Summer Fan Drive (Photo: Family Eldercare)
  • Volunteers were out at a few locations Friday, July 16, including the KXAN studio, to help collect donations for the 31st Family Eldercare Summer Fan Drive (Photo: Family Eldercare)
  • Volunteers were out at a few locations Friday, July 16, including the KXAN studio, to help collect donations for the 31st Family Eldercare Summer Fan Drive (Photo: Family Eldercare)

6:45 p.m.

The home stretch now — 599 fans and $145,285 have been donated so far!

6 p.m.

One hour left to go! So far, we’ve gotten 571 fans and cracked the $100,000 mark with $123,848 in donations.

4:15 p.m.

So far, we’re at 551 fans and $70,791 in donations. Thank you so much for your help. There’s less than three hours left!

  • Donor with Anchor Britt Moreno at 31st Family Eldercare Summer Fan Drive at KXAN on Friday (KXAN Photo/Frank Martinez)
  • Donor at 31st Family Eldercare Summer Fan Drive at KXAN on Friday (KXAN Photo/Frank Martinez)
  • 31st Family Eldercare Summer Fan Drive

2 p.m.

With five hours left to go in the drive, 505 fans and $47,058 had been donated. Keep it coming!

1 p.m.

Family Eldercare officials reported they received an anonymous donation of $10,000 — that’s not a typo — at one of the Whittlesey Landscape Supplies locations. Incredible! That brings the cash donation total to $43,321 on top of the 483 fans they’ve received.

Noon

The fans and fund just keeping coming.

Midday totals are 387 fans and more than $30,000 in donations, $30,778 to be exact. You’re all helping people in dire need to stay cool and comfortable during the sweltering Texas summer, and we can’t thank you enough for your help.

11 a.m.

What a difference an hour can make. Donations have exploded to 343 fans and more than $14,700 in cash, but we aren’t done yet! Thank you so much to everyone who has donated a fan or money to our cause. We truly appreciate it. For those who haven’t donated, but would like to, you have until 7 p.m. to come by the KXAN studio or a Whittlesey Landscape Supplies location.

10 a.m.

We’re up to $7,387 in donations so far, along with 76 fans, across all our sites at the KXAN studio and Whittlesey Landscape Supplies stores. Wow!

KXAN’s Jim Spencer and the crew at Whittlesey Landscape Supplies

8 a.m.

So far we’ve received 43 fans and $1,930 across all the Summer Fan Drive locations. Awesome! Keep the fans and the donations coming!

Here’s KXAN’s Jim Spencer with a canine companion dropping off a donation.

KXAN’s Jim Spencer getting to know one of the canine companions while taking donations. Photo courtesy of Family Eldercare

7 a.m.

It’s starting now! Head on down to the KXAN studio on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard or any Whittlesey Landscape Supplies store to donate.

  • Head down to the KXAN studio to donate at the Family Eldercare Summer Fan Drive. (KXAN photo/Billy Gates)
  • It's Jim Spencer and Kaxan out at Whittlesey Landsapce Supples taking donations for the Family Eldercare Summer Fan Drive. (Photo courtesy of Family Eldercare)
  • Head down to the KXAN studio to donate at the Family Eldercare Summer Fan Drive. (KXAN photo/Billy Gates)
  • Head down to the KXAN studio to donate at the Family Eldercare Summer Fan Drive. (KXAN photo/Billy Gates)
  • Head down to the KXAN studio to donate at the Family Eldercare Summer Fan Drive. (KXAN photo/Billy Gates)
  • Head down to the KXAN studio to donate at the Family Eldercare Summer Fan Drive. (KXAN photo/Billy Gates)

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