Encompass Home Health, 104 S. Broadway in Brownwood, will have a "fan drive" Sept. 12 in which the agency will give away about 75 box fans.
It will be first-come, first-served, with no applications or qualifying of recipients, but the fans are intended for low-income residents who either don't have air conditioning in their homes or have air conditioning but can't afford to run it, branch manager Jeannie Dolberry said.
The give-away will begin at 9 a.m. at the agency's office and last until the fans are gone, Dolberry said. The hope is that people who don't need to be given fans will be "stand-up enough" to refrain from taking advantage of the give-aways. But as for criteria, "we just pretty much don't have any … we're not going to deny anybody," Dolberry said.
"Our fan drive is our day of giving back to the community," Dolberry said.
The fans are being paid for by a grant through a non-profit division of Encompass Home Health called Encompass Cares, Dolberry said. Employees can have a portion of their paychecks donated to Encompass Cares, which funds projects that include:
• Mission trips to foreign countries
• Community projects including back-to-school drives, food drives, Christmas Toy drives, heater and blanket drives and fan drives
• Employee assistance grants to help employees following home fires, tornadoes, deaths of immediate family members and unforeseen health emergencies.
Dolberry said she was the recipient of an employee assistance grant a year ago when the large motorcycle she and her husband, Terry, were riding near Zephyr had a blowout and crashed.
Dolberry said she was knocked out, but came to enough to think she heard the whumping of rotor blades. "That sounds like a helicopter," Dolberry thought to herself. That's because it was. She was flown out by helicopter ambulance, while her husband was taken by ambulance to Brownwood Regional Medical Center.