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.