United Way and Community Action partner to get fans for needy Shoals families

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – The stifling heat of summer in the south is starting to set in across the valley.

With the heat brings a growing concern for the elderly and disabled, who may not be able to afford a way to cool their homes.

Tammy McDaniel with the Community Action Agency of Northwest Alabama sees the need to help the less fortunate first hand. Her agency helps more than 4,000 families every year.

“It is hard for them to afford a lot of the things that most of us might run to Walmart and pick up. It’s not within their budget,” stated McDaniel. “They have to think about what can they afford and what is a necessity.”

Community Action has partnered with The United Way of Northwest Alabama to host a fan drive through June 30.

McDaniel said something as simple as a box fan can add a little bit of comfort to homes without air conditioning.

“Picture getting in your hot car and no air moving, you can kind of see how maybe living in a home with no air moving might feel,” explained McDaniel. “So, I think the fans moving the air can make a difference in those homes that are like a box.”

McDaniel hopes adding a little bit of perspective will urge northwest Alabama residents to take the time to donate a fan to help the less fortunate.

You can drop off fans at any of the participating locations:

Lauderdale County:

  • Blue Olive Consulting, 1205 North Wood Ave in Florence
  • Coldwell Banker/Pinnacle Properties, 2093 Florence Blvd in Florence
  • Any CB&S Bank location

Colbert County:

Any CB&S Bank location

Franklin County:

  • Green’s Dependable True Value Hardware near McDonalds at 15220A Hwy 43 in Russellville
  • Any CB&S Bank location