LIMA — Summer isn’t even here, and already the region has experienced temperatures in the 90s. The hot weather is tough on everyone, senior citizens, in particular.
Lima 6th Ward Councilman Derry Glenn has started an effort to collect air conditioners and give them out to senior citizens.
“It’s very hot again this year. We’re going to start off right into summer, and a lot of people don’t have the funding to get an air conditioner,” said Glenn.
The air conditioner giveaway is still in its infancy, but is the need is growing.
“This is our third year doing this. We had over 150 people last year that needed air conditioners,” said Glenn.
But the need has outgrown the supply.
“We gave out 50 already but we need more. We’ll take used ones or you can donate money. We had doctors donating last year. It’s going to be heating up pretty bad right now, and a lot of elderly people are calling again,” said Glenn.
Glenn says he’s getting calls from the elderly, not only in the 6th Ward but from all over the area.
“We’re getting them from St. Marys, Wapak, Celina. They continue saying, ‘Mr. Glenn, you have this program, we need help too.’ So we’re trying to make sure that everyone gets an air conditioner this year,” he said.
Glenn is hoping to collect 300 air conditioners this year.
“We’ve got 80 people on a waiting list right now. That’s how crucial it is,” Glenn said.
Glenn says while the goal is to help the elderly, the program could be open to others.
“We need to show our hometown pride. Let’s make sure the elderly people will come first with air conditioning then we’ll go down from there,” he added.
If you would like to donate an air conditioner or money, call Derry Glenn at 419-905-9572.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.