San Marcos Mercury | Local News from San Marcos and Hays County, Texas

July 21st, 2010
Fan drive continues until August 31

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A box fan or 20-inch oscillating fan are requested for Fan Drive donation.

STAFF REPORT

Heat related illnesses and extreme heat exposure account for more deaths in the U.S. than from hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods and earthquakes combined and it is with this in mind that Family Eldercare, the City of San Marcos and other partners are in the midst of sponsoring a Summer Fan Drive.

Partnering with Family Eldercare and the city are the San Marcos Fire Department (SMFD) , the San Marcos Electric Utility, the San Marcos Housing Authority, the Driftwood Fire Department (DFD), the Dripping Springs Fire Department (DSFD), the Hays County Precinct 2 Office in Kyle, and the Texas State Custodial Operations Department.

The SMFD will accept donations of new fans and new window air conditioning units through August 31. The fans requested are new 20-inch box fans and 12-inch or larger oscillating fans.

The San Marcos fire stations for drop-off include Central Station 1 at 114 E. Hutchison Street, Station 2 at 1314 Academy, Station 3 at 2420 Hunter Road and Station 4 at 404 Broadway.

Hays County collection points include the DFD at 15850 FM 1826, DSFD at 400 Sportsplex Drive and the Hays County Precinct 2 Office at 111 N. Front Street, Kyle.

Businesses 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 for more information.

Low income residents who need a fan are asked to make an appointment to 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. Air conditioners are available on a limited basis to those with serious medical conditions. Photo ID and proof of income are required. Applicants may also call Family Eldercare at (512) 459-4FAN.

Once again, the Texas State Custodial Operations Department has volunteered for this year’s fan drive. The department will deliver the fans from the fire stations to distribution sites as well as to recipients who are homebound.

The city’s electric utility is donating $500 toward the drive. Financial contributions for the fan drive may be made to Family Eldercare at www.familyeldercare.org .

The drive provided more than 6,200 fans and 55 air conditioners that went to more than 3,700 households in Central Texas last year. The fans and funds raised in San Marcos and Hays County stay in the area and provide fans for San Marcos and Hays County residents.

Family Eldercare is a non-profit organization serving more than 6,000 people annually. Their annual fan drive collects new fans and funds to offer relief from the summer heat to elders, adults with disabilities and low income families with children.

The San Marcos Housing Authority provides safe and sanitary housing for about 555 low-income families and individuals, including the elderly and disabled.

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