Fan donations to help relieve hundreds from heat

MGN Online
Friday, May 2, 2014 - 10:18pm

A group that combats weather-related deaths in the borderland received a generous donation in advance of the summer months Friday.

The Extreme Weather Task Force received 350 fans from Walmart, 5631 Dyer St. in order to distribute to the elderly and families in need.

There were two heat-related deaths in El Paso County last summer: a baby left inside a car outside Riverside High School in May, and a 59-year-old man found dead in a Lower Valley canal in July.

"What a blessing. This is a huge donation and it arrives just in time. We were down to less than 200 fans in stock," said Grace Ortiz, Extreme Weather Task Force Chair and Community Initiatives Specialist with Adult Protective Services.

If you or someone you know may be in need of a fan, call 211.

To donate, drop off fans at any local fire station.

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