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Box fan donations needed as elderly, disabled prepare for record-breaking summer heat

Box fan donations needed to combat summer heat

SAN ANTONIO – The city is asking for box fan donations to help San Antonio's seniors and disabled communities combat summer heat.

Every year, hundreds are hospitalized for heat-related illnesses that can also lead to death. The Archdiocese of San Antonio and the San Antonio Fire Department are teaming up to provide 20-inch box fans to homes across the city.

"For a lot of seniors, they don't have money to pay for air conditioners. They don't have money to actually pay the electricity bill, so this is the only way that many many people in San Antonio have to survive the summer months," Antonio Fernandez, Catholic Charities president said.

The city is providing seniors and those who are disabled with box fans free of charge as part of its Project Cool initiative.

The public can drop off fans at any San Antonio fire station, with the exception of Fire Station No. 23, and those who need a fan can call the United Way Help Line at 211.

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