RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - In near record-breaking temperatures, you may not realize how a simple donation could make a big difference for seniors in our area. Our annual fan drive is well underway. The word is out; there is help from the heat.
Every Tuesday the Jus' Right Band plays at lunchtime at the Washoe County Senior Center.
This is a good way to get a nutritious meal and get out of the scorching heat. But some residents we talked to said at least they have a fan to go home to. They say that's thanks to the KOLO fan drive.
“I tell them there are free fans you can get from here; there is no obligation and it can really help,” says Karen Snyder, a Reno resident at the center.
Snyder says she got her fan about two months ago.
Tim Bennett tells us he picked his up last month. He says he encourages seniors out there to do the same.
“It is enjoyable to have the community donate the fans to people who don't have the money to buy one,” says Bennett.
Out in the lobby, those wanting free fans are asked to fill out a form so that the one-person-one-fan-per-year rule is adhered to. But once that form is complete, seniors can select a 20-inch fan or smaller desk or dresser fan.
They are behind the receptionist desk. But there are more in storage.
All donated---all 450 that have been handed out so far.
“Put a bowl of ice in front of the fan and let it blow because that really cools off the air and that's what you need really,” Karen suggests
If you'd like to make a donation, drop a fan off--unused and in the original box--at the senior center on 9th Street in Reno during regular business hours. You too can feel good.