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CTX nonprofit giving away fans

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WACO, TX (KXXV) -

With just $20 dollars, you can save someone in Waco from the heat this summer.

Caritas of Waco is giving away fans to those who don't have air conditioning in their homes.

Executive Director Buddy Edwards said workers handed out about 40 on Wednesday and will supply several hundred by the end of the year.

Edwards said living without air conditioning is not only extremely uncomfortable but also very dangerous.

"We have felt that it's advantageous for us to provide to people in need at least circulating fans to keep some of the air flowing," Edwards said.

"We all know how hot it is in Central Texas during this time of year and having any kind of air circulation is so much of an improvement over nothing."

Edwards said a $20 donation covers the fan and the transportation. Any extra money goes toward paying utility bills and buying food for people in need.

Melinda Thornton said she came to Caritas of Waco for food, and then found out about the fan program.

"We was getting close to the end of the month and I didn't know what to do," Thornton said.

"Basically someone told me they have a program at Caritas where they help people with food if you need it and I was just asking questions and I heard one of the young ladies say we have some fans that we're going to be giving away to people that need it."

It came at just the right time for the mother of five because she cannot afford much at the moment.

"I used to work for a company here in Waco and they closed down May 31 so I'm without a job at the moment. I'm seeking new employment so, no, without Caritas, I don't think I would be able to get that," Thornton said.

If you'd like to donate or need a fan yourself, you can visit Caritas of Waco at its website or at 300 South 15th Street in Waco.

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