BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging has begun its annual "Beat the Heat" fan and air conditioner drive.
Every year, the organization collects fans and air conditioners to distribute to elderly residents in need in the parish.
Last year, the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging collected over 800 fans and A/C units. The organization expects to exceed that number this year.
In order to qualify to receive a fan or A/C unit, you must be a senior 60-years-old or older or disabled. Agency care managers will perform assessments of the homes to determine if the person is qualified to receive a fan or A/C unit.
There will only be one fan or A/C unit given per household.
Anyone looking to donate or receive a fan or A/C unit can visit the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging's main location at 5790 Florida Boulevard from 8:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. throughout the summer.
Those seeking to receive a fan or an A/C unit must bring proper identification.
"It's always a blessing to help other people, especially when you get to see the impact that it's having," says Ameen Walken with WMT Group. "We come here all the time to visit and say hello and you know we have personal ties to several of the people here. I've gotten to know over the years and if the community knew how important this was to the seniors, I think they would do more."
For more information about the "Beat the Heat" drive, visit www.ebrcoa.org or call 225-923-8000.