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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.
Friday’s final total for donations came out to $152,585. We thank everyone that took the time to show up and donate!
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.
The home stretch now — 599 fans and $145,285 have been donated so far!
One hour left to go! So far, we’ve gotten 571 fans and cracked the $100,000 mark with $123,848 in donations.
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!
With five hours left to go in the drive, 505 fans and $47,058 had been donated. Keep it coming!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.