FAIRFIELD COUNTY — As temperatures increase, so does the need for fans for the elderly.
“We get phone calls every day,” said Corp. D.J. Wilson of the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office.
On Saturday, Wilson and Sgt. Ron Mull with the FCSO assisted with a Council on Aging Fan Drive.
The two law enforcement officers set up outside of Winnsboro’s Walmart and collected donations that will be used to purchase fans to be given to the elderly.
“That’s what we’re trying to do raise money to buy fans for people that need them,” Wilson said.
Mull said as recently as one month ago, the number of fans available for distribution to the elderly was down to five, and the Fan Drive was much needed.
Mull said he appreciated Walmart’s cooperation.
“We appreciate Walmart letting us be here,” Mull said.
During the early portion of the fan drive, donations were few and far between.
“It’s a little slow, but we’re here, we’re trying,” Wilson said.
However, as the day progressed, more people felt compelled to donate.
Ultimately, Saturday’s fan drive raised $229.10. The funds were used to purchase 12 fans, which will be distributed to elderly Fairfield County residents based on information provided by Fairfield County Council on Aging.
“We appreciate the donations,” Mull said.
Mull and Wilson said while the Fan Drive was a concentrated attempt to raise money with which to purchase fans, donations are accepted anytime.
The law enforcement officers noted that while fans are important during the summer months, winter presents challenges, too.
“The sad thing is we’ll have to do the same thing for blankets during the winter,” Wilson said.
Wilson and Mull said elderly people in need of fans should contact Fairfield County Council on Aging .
The Council on Aging shares the information with the Sheriff’s Office, which then conducts a home study to determine the necessity of a fan.
Fairfield County Council on Aging can be reached at 803-635-3015.
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