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Council on Aging offer cooling gift to elderly

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Thankfully, it didn't get quite as hot as expected today.

The Weather Service canceled a heat advisory this afternoon. But this weather is still dangerous, especially for the elderly.

Kay Hind at the Council on Aging has a nice way to cool down older people.

"Oh its hot. It's real hot," said Roosevelt Toomer.

Roosevelt Toomer is a disabled senior citizen with no air conditioner in his house. A new fan would help his health and keep him cool.

"It would mean a lot, really mean a lot. The more fans you got on you to get cool, that'd be better for your health and everything," said Toomer.

Well Mr. Toomer is in luck. The SOWEGA Council on Aging is giving away 40 box fans to anyone over 60 without air conditioner.

"We're concerned about older people and the heat. And for years we have had fans donated to us that we pass out to people who don't have air conditioner or possibly don't even have a fan," said executive director Kay Hind at the SOWEGA Council on Aging. 

The fans were donated anonymously to the Albany non-profit. Toomer wants to thank anyone who offers to help.

"I'll thank them. Anytime somebody trying to help you and you got a low income, and they give you something, you need to thank God for them," said Toomer.

Even if his words never reach the generous donor, Toomer is sure the person will be rewarded.

"Oh they've done a good deed, a really good deed. God's going to bless them for that."

The limited number of fans won't cover everyone in the area, but the chance to help just a few is worth it.

"We care about the people, and if we can make 40 people more comfortable and therefore help protect their health, that's what we want to do," said Hind. 

Mr. Toomer is one of those who got just a little cooler. Toomer was headed to get his fan right after we finished talking. They only have 40 fans as you can tell, and they started the give away today. It will last until the the fans are gone.

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