The July heat wave has kept many people inside where for those without air conditioning it’s just as hot. Catholic Charities gave out fans Thursday to those in need.
More than two dozen fans were given away at Saint Martin de Porres at 21st and Emmet streets. While you may think it's a little late as temps are no longer in the triple-digits, program director Marilyn Sims reminds us that summer is far from over.
"If you see what's going on with our community and our weather and our heat index in triple digits, it's very much needed. We have many of our low income families that utilize our services that do not have air conditioning and a very limited income, so this is just a basic necessity."
The fans, funded through a grant from the Peter Kiewit Foundation, were given out on a first come, first served basis. The public can still help through monetary donations.
“If you have fans you want to drop off, if you are blessed and you're in a home and you're cool, please help us out because there's a lot of families out there that are, I don't know how they are surviving in this heat," says Sims.
A similar giveaway was held in south Omaha.