NKY St. Vincent dePaul Collecting Fans, Air Conditioners
The Society of St. Vincent dePaul-NKY began its annual Summer Breeze program this week. Extending through September, the program distributes fans and air conditioners to low-income and elderly Northern Kentucky residents.
“We are the only organization in Northern Kentucky offering a heat relief program and many times the need is greater than our available resources,” says Lou Settles, spokesperson for SVDP-NKY. “Each year, we hear so many heartbreaking stories. Through the Summer Breeze Program, we provide fans to our neighbors needing help to cope with the Northern Kentucky summer heat and humidity. We also provide room air conditioner units to those with a documented medical condition requiring them to have air conditioning.”
The Society accepts donations of fans and air conditioners, as well as financial donations to purchase them, throughout the season. “We could not offer this program without the financial assistance of donors and foundations,” says Executive Director Ralph Bradburn. “Due to their generosity, we were able to fulfill all requests last summer for air conditioners and fans to those who qualified last year
“But each year the demand for this program increases. We are gearing up for another hot summer and hope we are able to respond to all requests for heat relief.”
For information about how and where to donate, go to www.svdpnky.org.
Those needing a fan or air conditioner are asked to call St. Vincent’s assistance line at 859-341-3219, Monday – Friday between 10a m and 2 pm and ask for help.
The Society of St. Vincent DePaul-Cincinnati also offers a fan and air conditioner program. Look for a story later this spring about where and how to donate.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is one of the world’s largest charitable organizations. Based on the idea of neighbors helping neighbors with chapters based in parishes, SVdP has been helping area residents in need for more than 140 years, regardless of race or creed, to bridge the spiritual, emotional and material gaps in their lives.
For more information about the Society in Cincinnati, see www.SVDPcincinnati.org.
For information about the Society in Northern Kentucky, see www.svdpnky.org.
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