LIVE BLOG: Family Eldercare Summer Fan Drive has raised $177K, 947 fans Friday

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — It’s the 30th annual Family Eldercare Summer Fan Drive, and from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Friday, you can drop off a fan or monetary donation at four Honda dealerships across the area to help people stay cool in the sweltering Texas heat.

With social distancing guidelines in effect, people donating should put fans in the trunk or back of their vehicle and let volunteers get the fans from there.

We have volunteers at the following locations:

  • First Texas Honda – 3400 Steck Ave, Austin
  • Round Rock Honda – 2301 N Interstate Hwy 35, Round Rock
  • Howdy Honda – 5519 E Ben White Blvd, Austin
  • Honda San Marcos – 4300 N Interstate 35 Frontage Road, San Marcos

5:45 p.m. update

5 p.m. update

$177,000 raised and 947 fans collected!

3:55 p.m. update

Walmart has dropped off stacks of fans!

(KXAN/Eric Henrikson)

3 p.m. update

The donations are blowing in! We’ve now reached $148,009 in donations and have received 566 fans. Still reaching for the goal of $200,000.

(KXAN/Eric Henrikson)

1:45 p.m. update

The drive keeps chugging along. We are now sitting at $133,000 in donations, and we’re nearing our goal for fans with 476 fans. Must. Keep. Donating.

1:10 p.m. update

We’re now up to $125,000 in donations and 434 fans. That’s incredible, but we can’t stop now!

A couple heartwarming updates include two kids who donated their allowances at First Texas Honda to the cause, and the other a huge donation that could have been bigger if Lowe’s had more.

Here’s a photo of the allowances two kids, Bobby and Ceci, gave up as donations to the Summer Fan Drive. Good work, kids. That’s $5 well spent.

The good person who dropped all these fans off said he bought all the fans in Lowe’s, and he said he would have bought more if Lowe’s had more.

The moral of the story is that Lowe’s needs to carry more fans.

11:45 a.m. update

The donations keep rolling in. So far Friday, we’ve raised $119,000 and 337 fans. There’s still the rest of the afternoon and evening to donate either on location at the four Honda dealerships, or online at the Summer Fan Drive website. The donation drive ends at 7 p.m.

These donations are coming if after Family Eldercare ran out of fans yesterday and had to turn some people away. Now, thanks to your donations, there are plenty of fans for those folks to choose from.

9:50 a.m. update

Your donations, both fans and cash, are coming in hot! So far, with your help, we’ve raised $93,000 for Family Eldercare. A donation of $45 can pay for three fans, so if you can’t go get a fan to take it out to one of our four Honda dealership locations, you can always make a cash contribution on the Summer Fan Drive website.

Family Eldercare’s fundraising goal is $350,000, and in total, donations are currently just above $200,000.

7:50 a.m. update

We just accepted a donation of 20 fans from a very generous individual at the First Texas Honda site. Wow!

6:40 a.m. update

KXAN’s David Yeomans is out bright and early at First Texas Honda to accept donations.

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