Fans for Families Drive Helps Seniors

Today is the official start of summer and temperatures will get plenty hot. That's not good news for some seniors who don't have a way to keep cool at home. By month's end, temperatures will be in the 90s and higher.

"We have humidity, so the temperature may just be 92 or 95 degrees but it feels like 110," said Sandra Hodges of Statesboro's Frills and Fancies.

On a trip back from Atlanta for their gown store, Sandra and daughter Susan came up with an idea to collect fans to help others beat the heat.

"Every customer has just been elated that they can help in such a small way and make a difference," said Susan.

Box fans are starting to fill the display windows. Purchased by customers all across the region, the fans will go to needy Bulloch County seniors through Concerted Services.

"They don't have the money to purchase window fans or window units to put in their home," said the group's Mary Phillips. "A lot of them do suffer during the summer."

While they meet most people for glamorous occasions, the women remind people everyone's life is not so grand. "In my Bible, we are told to help others," said Susan. "We are our brother's keeper and my God tells me to be of service to others."

The two say they hope at least one of these fans can make a difference. The ladies have more than 50 fans donated so far. They hope to collect another 25 or so by the end of the month. If you'd like to help, you can stop by Frills and Fancies on South Main Street in Statesboro across from Bulloch County Courthouse, or call (912) 764-9545.

Reported by: Dal Cannady,