Council on Aging offer cooling gift to elderly - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Council on Aging offer cooling gift to elderly

Posted: Updated:
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Metro Albany's jobless rate climbs .3%

    Metro Albany's jobless rate climbs .3%

    Thursday, July 24 2014 8:54 AM EDT2014-07-24 12:54:21 GMT
    Information from The Georgia Department of Labor- The Georgia Department of Labor says Metro Albany's unemployment rate increased to 8.7 percent in June, up three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4More >>
    The rate increased because of seasonal factors, such as the summer job loss among non-contract school workers and temporary layoffs, primarily in manufacturing. There were 60,500 jobs in Albany in June, down by 300, or 0.5 percent, from 60,800 in May. Most of the loss came in state government and the service-related industries.More >>
  • Air Algerie flight vanishes from radar

    Air Algerie flight vanishes from radar

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:21 AM EDT2014-07-24 11:21:02 GMT
    ALGIERS, Algeria (WALB) - An Air Algerie flight with 110 passengers and 6 crew member has vanished from radar.The flight, which was headed to Algiers from Burkina Faso, disappeared about 50 minutes after takeoff.The plane's flight path passes over Mali where military unrest continues in country's north. The U.S. recently banned flights into and over African conflict zones, including Mali.This comes just days after a Malaysian Airliner was shot down over Ukraine killing everyone on boardCopyri...More >>
    ALGIERS, Algeria (WALB) - An Air Algerie flight with 110 passengers and 6 crew member has vanished from radar.The flight, which was headed to Algiers from Burkina Faso, disappeared about 50 minutes after takeoff.The plane's flight path passes over Mali where military unrest continues in country's north. The U.S. recently banned flights into and over African conflict zones, including Mali.This comes just days after a Malaysian Airliner was shot down over Ukraine killing everyone on boardCopyri...More >>
  • Two in custody following drug bust

    Two in custody following drug bust

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:13 PM EDT2014-07-24 03:13:15 GMT
    Two people believed to be involved in selling cocaine in a car wash behind a gas station on North Slappey are in custody tonight.More >>
    Two people believed to be involved in selling cocaine in a car wash behind a gas station on North Slappey are in custody tonight. More >>
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.

Copyright 2014 WALB.  All rights reserved.