Free wheelchairs, fan-tasic, and Grrrrrrrrly Action: What a hot summer it's heating up to be in Austin's public-service community.
The soft whhhhrrrrrrr of the blades breaks the otherwise peaceful hush as the crickets and lizards wrap up their serenade for another night. The circular mechanical sound is as summer as ice cubes clinking in a glass or giggling wee ones cannonballing big splooshy splashes at Barton Springs. We live in the South, and it's hot as hell. This year we've been blessed with what in recent memory has become a not-so-common thing: a relatively mild summer. Nevertheless, most of us have switched over to AC for the remainder of the season, looking forward to the day when we can again open up the windows and the monthly utility bill with a little less trepidation.
Big Fan of Fans
Now we don't have to get all guilt-addled in reminding you that some folks don't even have that luxury. You know it. We know it. But if you've gone a night or two in this Texas heat without the AC, you also know what a subtle confined torture it is. Fans are a fine respite, as often what's needed is just a li'l push of the stiflingly still air that drapes the night. Good thing that Family Eldercare thinks about these things and hosts their annual Summer Fan Drive when the temperature soars. This is the 11th year that the organization has done this. Last year they distributed more than 3,000 fans to folks in need. Older Texans, especially, are vulnerable in the heat, and often don't have the resources to get out and deal with the situation. The fan drive relies entirely on Donations of Money, Fans, and Volunteer Time from local folks like you. Plus, volunteers can check out some of FE's other terrific programs for seniors, like Eloise's House for folks with memory loss or Alzheimer's, or the Aging in Place money management assistance program. If you have a fan you'd like to donate, you can stop by the Family Eldercare complex at 2210 Hancock, off Burnet, Monday-Friday. If you'd like to send a tax-deductible contribution, write to them at the above address, ZIP code 78756, or give online. www.familyeldercare.org or 459-4FAN.