Keeping the Neighbors Cool – Delaware Gazette
People in Need, Inc. of Delaware County Ohio (PIN) has once again partnered with the Delaware County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (EMA) in an effort to help our neighbors to stay cool this summer.
The annual FAN-paign helps hundreds of neighbors in need by providing a new fan to those who cannot keep cool in their own homes. Resources such as the library and other chilling centers are great resources to keep them healthy during the day, and the FAN-paign provides the opportunity to stay comfortable at home. This is particularly important for neighbors who do not have easy access to outside resources or are otherwise unable to leave their residence.
“This service is essential for Delaware County, especially as the first heat waves blow through us in June and expose our most vulnerable neighbors to unbearable temperatures,” said Dan Coutcher, director of development and marketing for PINE. “The elderly and the very young are particularly at risk in these conditions, and the majority of households we have served so far include children. On the worst days, our volunteers sweat as they ferry fans to our drive-thru pantry. It’s hard for many of us to imagine that kind of warmth in our own homes.
As of June 27, 102 homes in Delaware County have received 156 ventilators to prevent heat-related illnesses and help them live comfortably every day. Each of these ventilators was provided by a member of the community, with eight purchased with a donation from the Delaware Moose and fifteen provided by the Scioto Township Firefighters Association’s own funding.
“Our community’s support for FAN-paign has been amazing this year,” said Kathy Hoff, CEO of PIN. “There has been a noticeable increase in fan prices this year, much like everything else. It is therefore difficult for those with limited resources to buy ventilators themselves. That the community responds as it should help its neighbors is so appreciated. Unfortunately, the needs sometimes outweigh the supply. We respectfully ask for continued support as the summer has just begun.
Fan donations can be made to PIN or dropped off at any Delaware County fire station or EMS or the Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities, who will then deliver them to PIN’s warehouse. The only stations with restricted drop-off times are Radnor Township (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), Elm Valley/Ashley (call 740-747-2510 ext 102) and Scioto Township (call 740-666 -2121).
Those in need of a ventilator or other assistance are encouraged to stop by PIN at 138 Johnson Drive in Delaware during pantry hours Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Services are not available during the lunch hour from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Delaware County residents can use the pantry service once a week.
PIN is a nonprofit social service agency that assists Delaware County families and individuals in times of need. For more information on PIN and other emergency services, visit DelawarePeopleInNeed.org.
NIP volunteer Shelly Eden accepts 12 fans from Liberty Township Fire Department Inspector Shad Gilbert on Monday.
Submitted by People In Need, Inc. of Delaware County, Ohio.