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Ferris firm seeks to fan away heat’s dangers

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RUSTY WELLER
Ellis County Press Managing Editor

FERRIS - A gray-haired man patiently sits in his old car at night until his house cools off enough for him to try to sleep. His windows are stuck closed, and he doesn't have a fan to fight 100-degree-plus temperatures.

Teresa Schiffer hears such stories at A Cash and Mail Emporium, and her heart is touched.

'I don't want anyone in our community to suffer or die from a heat stroke,' said Schiffer, who is donating fans to Ferris area residents in need.

Schiffer purchased 10 fans from Wal-Mart and is rounding up used ones to give away. She also encourages other Ellis County businesses or organizations to do the same for residents in their areas.

'People without air conditioning or fans will sit there in the heat and die,' Schiffer said while fetching a donated window fan. 'You read about it every summer.

'I'd hate to think of anybody without a fan when it gets over a hundred like this,' she said. 'We want to help.'

Schiffer and others at A Cash and Mail Emporium, which accepts electric bill payments, hear reports of people trying to cope with the heat. She and other emporium partners are looking for people (1) need fans and (2) are willing to donate fans or air conditioners. Call 972-842-8448 for more information. Drop off fans at 209 W. 6th St. in Ferris.

'There's a very real need, but some (seniors) don't know where to turn or who to call,' said Schiffer, who reports Wal-Mart is selling fans below cost because of the dangerous heat.

Sue suggested people in other communities let their city halls know they have a fan or air conditioner to donate. That way those in need could call to see if help is available.

'Although we are trying to concentrate on our immediate area, we'll try to help elsewhere,' Schiffer said. 'We're not going to turn people away.'

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