Bryan County fan drive cools families in need
DURANT, Okla. (KTEN) — "It makes it cool, and it's very warming that someone cares," said James Green. "It means a lot that the community cares."
Green is just one of more than 50 people in Durant who have benefited from fans donated by OG&E and the Bryan County United Way.
"We have so many people who don't have air conditioning systems," said United Way director Pamela Robinson. "If they do — especially seniors — they won't turn them on, because they're worried about the electricity bill."
Local organizations like the Elks Lodge and First United Bank are also raising money to provide more fans to people who need to stay cool.
"We're in 100 degree temperature weather; some of their air conditioners don't work properly ... so we want to help these people," said Elks member Dave Nankivil.
"People's budgets are tight right now; inflation is crazy," added Brett Rogers with First United Bank. "They may not have means to pay for their electric bill. It's great to have community partners like OG&E, but partnering with groups like United Way to provide fans... we want people to be as comfortable, and if we can provide a fan to them, that is what we can do."
More fans are available for the public to pick up on Wednesday, July 5, at the Bryan County United Way, 101 West Main Street in Durant.