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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Some elderly people in South Georgia have to bear this heat with no air conditioning, and some without a fan to keep cool.

In the past, the SOWEGA Council on Aging was able to help out, but so far this year they haven't been able to do that.

For the elderly the high temperatures can be dangerous.

"If you get too hot you can get sick and die from the heat," said Kay Hind, SOWEGA Council on Aging Dir.

Last year the SOWEGA council on aging helped several elderly south Georgians escape the heat.

"We really had a thing going," said Hind.

In years past SOWEGA was able to give window AC units and fans to people over 60 who had no means of staying cool thanks to an anonymous donor.

"Last year that kind of inspired other people and so a lot of other people donated, the units coast just a little over $100," said Hind.

This year they're hopeful they'll be able to do the same.

"I think maybe our anonymous donor has come through again," said Hind.

Area businesses and other donors have chipped in before to get the cool air where it's needed most.

"Last few years Miller Brewing Company had given us some fans, we haven't heard from them yet this year but we may," said Hind.

She says when temperatures get this hot everyone they've helped so far is very grateful.

"They're very excited, and we're glad we're able to do that," said Hind.

If the past few days are any indication of how hot I'll be this summer more of the AC units will be in demand this year to keep the elderly cool.

If you know an elderly person that stays alone, be sure to check on them in this heat.

To get on the list for possible AC help call the SOWEGA Council on Aging at (229) 432-1124.

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