Valley Rescue Mission in need of fans - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Valley Rescue Mission in need of fans

Posted: Updated:
  • NEWSMore>>

  • Examining race relations in Columbus

    Examining race relations in Columbus

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 6:37 AM EDT2014-08-20 10:37:09 GMT
    The Missouri crisis is rekindling a debate in America: race relations between blacks and the men and women in blue. News Leader 9's Roslyn Giles hit the streets to find out how African American men in
    More >>
    The Missouri crisis is rekindling a debate in America: race relations between blacks and the men and women in blue. News Leader 9's Roslyn Giles hit the streets to find out how African American men in this community see the issue. More >>
  • Columbus, Phenix City law enforcement taking "Purge" threats seriously

    Columbus, Phenix City law enforcement taking "Purge" threats seriously

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 6:33 AM EDT2014-08-20 10:33:05 GMT
    A flyer circulating on social media has been causing uproar in the Chattahoochee Valley, and local authorities are not laughing. The flyer promotes a night of violence mimicking that of the popular horrorMore >>
    A flyer circulating on social media has been causing uproar in the Chattahoochee Valley, and local authorities are not laughing. The flyer promotes a night of violence mimicking that of the popular horrorMore >>
  • Phenix City BOE appoints new attorney

    Phenix City BOE appoints new attorney

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 6:17 AM EDT2014-08-20 10:17:03 GMT
    The Phenix City Board of Education appointed a new attorney on Tuesday. In a 5-0-1 vote, attorney Robert "Bob" T. Meadows was appointed as the school board's new attorney. This comes just weeks afterMore >>
    The Phenix City Board of Education appointed a new attorney on Tuesday. In a 5-0-1 vote, attorney Robert "Bob" T. Meadows was appointed as the school board's new attorney. This comes just weeks after former board attorney, Sydney Smith, resigned for personal reasons.More >>
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

The Valley Rescue Mission is in need of fans to distribute during the hot summer months -- and the requests are already pouring in.

This may sound like a simple luxury but in reality, it could save a life.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, keeping cool is the strongest protective factor against heat-related illness. Very high body temperatures have the ability to damage the brain or other vital organs.

We spoke with Donna Pearce, the development director for the Valley Rescue Mission, who explains why having a fan can be so important.

"It's a great way to make sure that a neighbor in need is taken care of as we go in to these really hot, sultry summer days that they're taken care of, they're comfortable and they appreciate - I know that our clients so appreciate this great gift," said Pearce.

Each year the elderly and needy are placed in serious risk of heat stroke and even death because they do not have air conditioning or are unable to pay the high cost associated with it.

Fans are given first to the elderly, then those with medical conditions, parents with small children and then as they are available to others in need.

Copyright 2013 WTVM. All rights reserved.

 

Powered by WorldNow

1909 Wynnton Road
Columbus, Ga. 31906

FCC Public File
publicfile@wtvm.com
706-494-5400
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WTVM. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.