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El Pasoans asked to donate new box fans to Extreme Weather Task Force to help elderly, needy

EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) - As the temperatures climb towards the upper 90's and low 100's, the Extreme Weather Task Force is asking the public to donate new box fans, which will be donated to the elderly and families in need to help them cope with the heat.

“We want people to know the Extreme Weather Task Force is actively working on providing fans to the most vulnerable in our community who have no air conditioning in their homes,” explained Grace Ortiz, the chair of the task force.

Currently they have 300 box fans stockpiled. Last year, however, the task force gave out more than 500 fans.

You can donate a new box fan at any fire station in El Paso or Horizon City. Those who need a fan and meet the criteria set up by the EWTF can call 2-1-1.

Monetary donations are also being accepted. Checks can be made payable to payable to the APS Silver Star Board and mailed to 401 E. Franklin Ave, Suite 350, Attention Grace Ortiz, El Paso, Texas 79901.

At the same time of the fan drive, the task force is also reminding El Pasoans to practice the buddy system and check up on an elderly or home bound neighbor as temperatures rise. This simply involves having a trusted relative, friend or neighbor check in daily with an elderly or disabled person during a heat wave. A Buddy encourages an at-risk individual to stay cool by wearing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing, to eat well, drink plenty of fluids and cool their home safely. If there are errands to be done, the Buddy does them, or makes sure they get done.

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