What is happening at Thermal Belt Outreach?

Published 2:47 pm Friday, June 25, 2010

Have you spent any time outside in the past two weeks?&bsp; Have you realized the heat has exceeded 93 degrees a few days and we are only in the month of June? How hot will it be in July and August? Now imagine you live in a mobile home with no air conditioner or in a house with no air conditioner. Not only do you not have an air conditioner, but you do not have a fan to help cool your home.

Thermal Belt Outreach has a program to assist our clients who are eligible with an electric fan to help cool their homes. Many of our clients are elderly and at risk for heat strokes, some have small children or are disabled. We had one client who has cancer, but no way to cool her home.

We have a limited supply of electric fans that are given out to clients who meet eligibility requirements. Currently our supply is almost depleted.&bsp; Clients are required to complete an application for assistance; Outreach determines eligibility based on this application. We only have a few fans left to help our clients.

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If you would like to donate an electric fan (or several fans) to Thermal Belt Outreach it will be appreciated by both Outreach and our clients. Just bring the fan to our office at 134 White Drive, Columbus NC.&bsp; You will be given an in-kind receipt. Your donation will be tax deductible since we are a 501 (c) 3 tax exempt organization. If you have any questions please call 828-894-2988 and ask to speak to Jim McClintock who is our pantry coordinator.

We would also like to thank everyone who has been bringing us their extra produce. We have received squash and cucumbers and some of our clients tell us they are going to bring in produce from their gardens to help feed other clients when their produce comes in.&bsp; This proves we all give in different ways and give what we can to help our fellow man.&bsp; The important thing in life is to love one another and help our neighbor in any way we can. We never know when we may be the next person in need.

Eloise Thwing is the founder and director of Thermal Belt Outreach, which is an independent non-profit organization located in Columbus, N.C. For more information, visit our website at http://tboutreach.org.