Volunteers Accepting Box Fans for Elderly Until 1 P.M. - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Volunteers Accepting Box Fans for Elderly Until 1 P.M.



    Just a head of the return of triple digit temperatures, volunteers delivered box fans to those in need. (Published Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014)

    With temperatures flirting with the triple digits the rest of the week — volunteers are making sure some of our most vulnerable citizens are safe.

    Hundreds of box fans are being personally delivered to senior citizens who need them throughout Dallas.

    "With temperatures exceeding 100 degrees, people over the age of 65 are at a higher risk of suffering a heat-related illness, such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke," said Lincoln Steffens, co-founder of the Marcus Graham Project. "Many seniors may have medical conditions or take medication that affects their ability to cope with the heat."

    VNA Meals on Wheels is also giving out T-shirts and free meals. They're hoping to collect a total of 300 new box fans Thursday.

    Matt Augustin, 23, volunteered with the Marcus Graham Project and he helped deliver about 10 box fans.

    "We know that there's a lot of senior citizens out there who don't have the means to go out and get a fan like this themselves," Augustin said. "It's already been a very hot summer and we want to make sure they're comfortable and have assistance."

    Seniors, ages 60 and older, who do not have air conditioning or are in need of a fan are encouraged to contact The Marcus Graham Project at 214-810-6475.

    The Visiting Nurse Association said anyone can stop by and donate a new box fan at their offices at 1440 W. Mockingbird Lane. They'll be collecting fans until 1 p.m.