Svdp Kicks Off 17Th Annual Fan And Ac Distribution

Deborah’s 9-month-old grandson was sweating and wheezing. The oppressive heat and humidity of Cincinnati’s summer weather was making the boy’s struggle with health issues that much more difficult. So the family turned to St. Vincent de Paul - Cincinnati for help.

Each year, St. Vincent de Paul distributes fans and air conditioners to Greater Cincinnati residents over the course of the summer, and they were able to secure an air conditioner. And it made an immediate impact. Deborah’s grandson was finally able to breathe without any help.

That tradition of helping Greater Cincinnati neighbors in need with proper cooling during the hottest days of the summer is something St. Vincent de Paul has been doing for the last 17 years—and is continuing this year.

“During visits to the homes of families in need, our volunteers often find sick and elderly neighbors living in dangerously hot apartments with no source of relief from the summer heat,” says Mike Dunn, Executive Director of St. Vincent de Paul - Cincinnati. “Many of our elderly neighbors, in particular, have respiratory issues. An air conditioner or fan not only provides relief, but also keeps them healthy and safe as the temperatures climb.”

Fans are limited to one per household, and families are eligible to receive a fan every two years.

Individuals needing an air conditioner should contact St. Vincent de Paul directly to apply. Recipients of air conditioners must provide documentation of medical need. Appointments are scheduled for approved neighbors to pick up an air conditioner. There is a limit of one air conditioner per family, and families are eligible to receive an air conditioner once every three years.

Last year, St. Vincent de Paul distributed 383 air conditioners and 568 fans to neighbors in need, thanks to donations by individuals in the Greater Cincinnati community. Individuals are once again asked this year to help those less fortunate than they are by:

Making a financial gift by phone at 513-562-8854 or online at SVDPcincinnati.org/give. $20 provides a fan; $120 provides an air conditioner.

Donating a new fan or air conditioner at any one of the seven St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores. Visit SVDPcincinnati.org/find_us for store locations. According to state law, donated fans and air conditioners must be new.

“We helped over 950 families last summer thanks to the generosity of our local neighbors and community partners,” says Dunn. “Many of the neighbors we serve have children or are elderly with chronic health conditions. Having a fan or air conditioner is often the difference between living comfortably and a visit to the emergency room.”

The fan and air conditioner drive is in partnership with WCPO and Braun Heating & Air Conditioning.