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August 7th, 2009
Utility donates 32 fans for drive

San Marcos Fire Rescue collects fans donated by San Marcos Electric Utility to help cool off local residents during a record hot summer. Left to right are Captain Tommy Norris, Engineer Tara Brinkkoeter, Kyle Dicke of Electric Utility, Jan Klein of Public Services, Engineer Jonathan Hart, Firefighter Jonathan Henderson, and Assistant Chief Len Nored. Photo by Don Anders.


San Marcos Electric Utility has donated 32 box fans to help residents cool off and save electricity during this summer of oppressive heat and drought.

Kyle Dicke, the city’s assistant director of public services, and Jan Klein, the city’s conservation coordinator, delivered 16 fans to Central Fire Station and 16 to the Salvation Army. The contribution is part of the City of San Marcos and Family Eldercare Fan Drive to help low income and medically fragile residents.

Since June 1 in San Marcos, the temperatures have exceeded 100 degrees on 44 different days while the city has endured the worst drought in half of a century. So far, San Marcos has seen only 9.12 inches of rain, less than half of the normal amount.

San Marcos Fire Rescue will accept donations of new fans and new window air conditioning units at all fire stations, including Central Station 1 located at 114 East Hutchison Street, Station 2 at 1314 Academy; Station 3 at 2420 Hunter Road, and Station 4 at 404 Broadway. The drive will continue through Aug. 31.

The fans requested are new 20-inch box fans or 14-inch minimum oscillating fans. Donated new window air conditioners will be provided to medically at risk residents. Financial contributions for the fan drive may be made to Family Eldercare at .

The Texas State University Custodial Operations Department has volunteered to deliver the fans from the fire stations to distribution sites, as well as to homebound recipients.

Residents who need fans are asked to make appointments and apply through the San Marcos Housing Authority Resident Services Office by calling (512) 396-3364. The Housing Authority is assisting with local distribution of the fans. Photo ID and proof of income are required.

Applicants may also call Family Eldercare at (512) 459-4FAN.

Businesses, agencies or organizations interested in organizing a fan drive to collect new fans or new window air conditioners for residents of San Marcos and Hays County, may call Family Eldercare at (512) 483-3557.

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