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Local fraternity offers 'kewl' breeze to elderly

By Jeanie Powell - bio | email
Posted by Dana Franks - email

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The heat so far in August and has forced many people indoors. But some elderly people in the Tennessee Valley really need help staying cool.

A nonprofit in Madison County serves more than 4,000 people and many of its clients can't afford things like fans or air conditioner.

As the WAFF 48 Storm Team has mentioned, it's only going to get hotter, so getting help during these warm days can be a "kewl" breeze.

Cool air to escape the hot temperatures is something many take for granted. But there are many people in our community who don't have the luxeries of air conditioning during these hot summer days.

There are some guys who don blue jackets and have big hearts. This summer, they've decided to help the elderly beat the heat.

The men of Phi Beta Sigma, Inc., of the Beta Epsilon Sigma chapter spent their Thursday battling the August sun to help those in need.

Director of Publicity Kenneth Joshua explained, "This is project Kewl Breeze.   We're delivering 40 plus fans to CASA of Madison County."

Care Assurance System for the Aging and Homebound will in turn deliver the fans to people who need it most.

CASA Volunteer Administrator Larkin Grant told WAFF 48 News, "We get requests for air conditioners and fans every day of the week."

Grant said the elderly are at a greater risk for heat-related illnesses.

"Our clients typically can't afford things like fans or air conditioners, so they're very, very important," he said.

CASA volunteers are grateful for this selfless donation and fraternity members are thankful fir CASA's work in serving our neighbors.

Member Tyrone Smith, who helped organize the event, said, "We know that we all didn't this way by ourselves somebody helped us, so this is just our way of giving back."

"It's not about us," Grant said. "The bottom line, it's not into about us.  You have to give to others and not think of yourself."

Remember to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and try to limit your time outdoors during these hot summer days.

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