AUSTIN (KXAN) — The 31st annual Family Eldercare Summer Fan Drive returns Friday, and we need your help to keep Central Texas cool during record-breaking summer heat.

Family Eldercare has been serving the community for over three decades, providing Central Texans with relief from the heat.

You can make monetary donations or drop off your inexpensive box fans Friday at these Whittlesey Landscape Supplies locations and the KXAN studio from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Friday.

Heat is the No. 1 weather-related killer, with seniors, people with disabilities and children at the highest risk. As temperatures continue to rise over the next few months, so will the need for fans, so we invite you to help us help Central Texans beat the heat.

Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services (ATCEMS) showed KXAN how they respond to heat-related health crises.

9:30 p.m.

Two hours after the fan drive ends, preliminary counts are totaling $200,799 and 831 fans donated. Final numbers are expected to be totaled on Monday after cash donations are counted.

7 p.m.

Preliminary numbers show we’ve reached $178,306, with 827 fans donated! We’ll have a final count around 9 p.m.

5:50 p.m.

With less than two hours left in the Fan Drive, we’ve reached $173,306 and 824 fans donated.

5 p.m.

$163,306 donated so far, including a $10,000 donation from Planet K. We’ve reached 788 fans.

3:50 p.m.

The fan drive has reached 783 fans and $147,609 donated.

3 p.m.

The American Business Women’s Association, Trinity Oaks Chapter, donated $10,000. The total is now $136,509 with 684 fans.

2 p.m.

The fan drive has raised $125,413 so far and 672 fans, exceeding the 500 fan goal, and we’ve raised our goal to 1,000 fans.

12:55 p.m.

So far, the fan drive has raised $114,413 and collected 597 fans.

12:23 p.m.

KXAN’s Maggie Glynn caught up with a family who received a donated fan that made a big difference for them. You can read her story about the Saul Family here.

12:00 p.m.

A big donation of 230 fans from Omega Psi Phi and 80 from Silver Pines Nursing & Rehabilitation Center puts the total at 522 fans and $100,644. The Silver Pines Nursing & Rehabilitation Center fans all have handwritten notes for the recipients attached

  • fans with a note on them
  • Posing with Jim Spencer at the Summer Fan Drive July 15, 2022 (KXAN Photo/Haley Cihock)
  • posing with fan
  • Fan Drive donors and volunteers at Whittlesey Landscape Supplies July 15, 2022 (KXAN Photo/Haley Cihock)
  • Fan drive donations at KXAN July 15, 2022 (KXAN Photo/Frank Martinez)
  • Fan drive donations at KXAN July 15, 2022 (KXAN Photo/Frank Martinez)
  • Fan drive donations at KXAN July 15, 2022 (KXAN Photo/Frank Martinez)
  • Fan drive donations at KXAN July 15, 2022 (KXAN Photo/Frank Martinez)
  • Fan drive donations at KXAN July 15, 2022 (KXAN Photo/Frank Martinez)
  • Fan drive donations at KXAN July 15, 2022 (KXAN Photo/Frank Martinez)

11:21 a.m.

The fan drive raised $65,214 and 175 fans so far!

2022 Family Eldercare Summer Fan Drive (Courtesy: Jenna Edwards)

9:51 a.m.

So far, the fan drive has raised $46,722 and collected 157 fans.

8:52 a.m.

So far $29,064 has been raised and 61 fans have been collected.

  • 2022 Family Eldercare Summer Fan Drive: Fans collected at the Whittlesey Landscape Supplies location in Round Rock (KXAN Photo/Julie Karam)
  • 2022 Family Eldercare Summer Fan Drive: Fans collected at the Whittlesey Landscape Supplies location in Round Rock (KXAN Photo/Julie Karam)
  • 2022 Family Eldercare Summer Fan Drive: Fans collected at the Whittlesey Landscape Supplies location in Round Rock (KXAN Photo/Julie Karam)
  • 2022 Family Eldercare Summer Fan Drive: Fans collected at the Whittlesey Landscape Supplies location in Round Rock (KXAN Photo/Julie Karam)

8:15 a.m.

Some volunteers, including KXAN staff, are out helping to collect donations and fans on Friday. These photos were taken from the Whittlesey Landscape Supplies location on Dalton Lane near the airport.

7:50 a.m.

So far on Friday, the fan drive has raised $19,281 and collected 36 fans.

7:12 a.m.

Brittany Baize with Family Eldercare explained to KXAN’s Jim Spencer why these fans are important to their clients.

“Heat is a silent killer … an older adult, a child, somebody with a medical condition can’t actually regulate their temperature as well. So a box fan can lower your core body temperature and run for just pennies a day, so really just a low-cost intervention to help people stay cool in the heat,” Baize said.

She said fan collections last through August, but they’re looking to extend it into September because of the heat.

“We’ve had folks calling us and running out of fans early this year,” Baize continued.

6:50 a.m.

KXAN’s Jim Spencer spoke with Blake Whittlesey at the Whittlesey Landscape Supplies location in Round Rock on why he wanted his business involved in this year’s fan drive.

“I mean, I think when you hear the testimonies of the people that receive these fans and the true need that they have, it’s just heartbreaking,” Whittlesey said. “We have a heart for the people that really need to cool down in the summer, especially this summer, as you mentioned earlier, it’s one of the hottest ones since 2011, so we just want to help out and be a hand in any way that we can, and that’s why we’re here.”