As record heat threatens Spokane, Meals on Wheels volunteers ask you to watch out for the elderly

As record heat threatens Spokane, Meals on Wheels volunteers ask you to watch out for the elderly

With the potential to break a Spokane heat record set way back in 1898 of 103 degrees, hot temperatures Thursday prompted Meals on Wheels volunteers to remind folks to check in on your elderly neighbors make sure they are “ok” in the weather.

“This heat can be a lot for anybody,” said Claire Baker, a Meals on Wheels volunteer, “let alone if you are somebody with physical or health concerns.”

She says during the heat her job is as much to check-in on the elderly as it is to deliver food.

Her car was also filled with fans as she and her partner Greg Siverly, made their way through the city.

“A lot of our clients don’t have air condition, and just don’t have the resources to have a fan, go get a fan, or have transportation,” he said.

Meals on Wheels in Spokane asks folks to take the time to check-in on their elderly neighbors, to make sure they are handling the heat and have enough water.

“If you do have an elderly neighbor, we ask that you check on them,” Mollie Dalpae, the organizations Executive Director. “It’s a mortality issue, heat stroke can be deadly for our seniors.”

She says they are taking donations of fans, and have already given out over 500 around the city.

“It’s not easy to deal with this heat,” said Theresa Taylor, a Spokane resident of 30 years, “but you just have to grin and bear it.”

She said she doesn’t have air conditioning and that the fans make all the difference.