Tight Economy Means No Free Fans for Needy

By: Ashlea Sigman Email
By: Ashlea Sigman Email

The Brazos Valley has hit the triple digits.

"Its pretty rough right now," said Bryan resident Charles Banks as he escaped the afternoon heat under the shade of his porch.

Banks has air conditioning, but doesn't set it very low.

"When you get to 80 it will kick off and if you get it above 80 it will kick back on," said Banks.

On a fixed income, it's about all the senior citizen says he can afford.

"That gas and all of that, it just about eats all of our little checks up," said Banks.

Lots of folks in the same boat stocked up on fans this weekend at Lowe's. The run had employees restocking several times a day.

"I don't think it's as much as an AC as an energy efficiency thing and trying to cut back on their electricity," said store manager Sherra Ogden.

Currenlty, a fan isn't an option for everyone. In the past, a call to 211 would have gotten callers on the list to get a fan, but not this year. This is no list.

The Brazos Valley United Way works with 700 organizations.

"We have not been informed that anyone in the seven county area is giving any kind of fan out at a discount or for free that we're aware of," said Hank Roraback, President of the United Way Brazos Valley.

Instead Roraback said those organizations are sticking to the basics in this tough economy. Which means folks like Charles Banks will have to count on nature to supply their cool downs.

The Salvation Army said despite requests for fans, it hasn't received any fan donations and doesn't have the funds to buy any.

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