It’s only June, but over the last few days the heat index in McKinney and surrounding areas has already reached what feels like the boiling point. Some local residents don’t have air conditioning in their homes or places of employment, so McKinney’s Community Lifeline Center (CLC) teamed up with the McKinney Fire Department, the McKinney Noon Lions Club and TXU Energy to help residents beat the heat.
At the WysongCentral Fire Station on Monday, June 20, CLC and the fire department distrubuted box fans and light bulbs to McKinney residents who are TXU Energy customers. Residents also received information about free smoke detectors.
In it’s third year, the box fan give has grown exponentially each year, according to Stacie Durham, Fire & Life Safety Education Coordinator for the McKinney Fire Department. The program targets low income seniors. “Seniors and the very young, particularly babies, are suceptible” (to heat related illness) Durham told TownSquareBuzz.
“Our objective is to prevent heat-related emergencies, and subsequently to save lives,” said Durhan. “We don’t want anyone to suffer in this heat that can be life-threatening.”
Durham also pointed out that area residents can take advantage of the fire department’s smoke alarm program.
“We want to use all 300 smoke alarms that we received through the Texas Department of Insurance and the State Fire Department. We will come out and check resident’s homes and install the smoke alarms,” Durham said.
Christine Hockin-Boyd, Executive Director for the McKinney CLC said that they had received a grant of forty eight thousand dollars from TXU Energy. The funds will be used to provide box fans, flourescent light bulbs, ceiling fans, weatherization kits and window air conditioning units for the homes of applicants who qualify. All applicants must be residents of McKinney. Qualifications are based on income level and individuals must own their home.
Stacie Durham, of McKinney Fire Department with CLC volunteer
“The McKinney Noon Lions Club generously donated fans to assist us as well,” said Hockin-Boyd. With their additional donations and all that TXU has given, we are able to make an even more positive impact on our community.”
Hockin-Boyd said the group had already given out more than 100 box fans by noon on Monday and expects to surpass the 160 fans that were donated to those in need last year.
Pastor Coy Clent pick up fans for his church in east McKinney
Top Photo: CLC Director, Christine Hockin-Boyd assists Coy Clent with his paperwork in order to receive free box fans