Last week, Spokane's Meals on Wheels program asked for help getting fans to elderly members of our community. This week, Coeur d'Alene's Meals on Wheels program is making a similar call for assistance.
For most of us, getting a little relief from the heat is as easy as turning on a box fan. But for some of the most vulnerable people in our community, those that have a hard time keeping food on the table, the cost of keeping cool is simply too much.
That doesn't just create an uncomfortable situation but a dangerous one.
"They're sweltering in their house. Some of these are really old people," Kris Wright, director of Coeur d'Alene Meals on Wheels said.
Wright added that's a scene her volunteers see far too often with the people they serve. Wright herself delivered the very last fan the organization had last week.
"I took it over to a lady in Post Falls, she had no air in her house, she was sitting on her porch and was so happy I brought it," Wright said. "A lot of them are in mobile homes, a lot of them are in older houses, they don't have any circulation whatsoever."
Wright is asking the community to step up by donating new or gently used box or desk fans to the Lake City Senior Center between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The address for the senior center is 1916 Lakewood Drive in Coeur d'Alene.