In an effort to help beat the summer heat, State Rep. Karla Drenner delivered about two dozen electric fans to needy residents in Clarkston on June 30.
“We reach out every year because I think that as it gets hotter, people that are struggling with the heat and don’t have or can’t afford central air at this time, need some sort of help and a little relief,” said Drenner, who represents District 85, which includes the City of Clarkston.. “I’m happy to be able to donate to Clarkston during this hot, hot, hot summer.”
The fans were made possible through a sponsorship with SCANA energy. This is the third year Drenner has hosted the fan giveaway for needy residents..
Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry, who carried some of the fans into the Clarkston Community Center with Drenner, said they will be essential in the approaching weeks.
“The majority of the people living in Clarkston are at or below the poverty line, which makes it even harder to pay the electrical bill. These fans will be a huge help to those who need it most,” said Terry. “We know that especially for seniors, but others as well, that a fan can lower the degrees in your room and on your skin by just a few degrees. A fan like these can mean the difference between life and a serious health situation.”
For resident Winston Drayton, the fans will help him to save a little on his electric bill.
“I work pretty much all day, except for the days I’m off. So now with this fan, I can sit it up and let it go at night, keeping me cool enough to sleep without the A/C and raising the bill,” said Drayton.
Is your community in need of some relief from the heat? Needy DeKalb residents should call 404-656-0202.