I love my grandmother, who is turning 100 in a couple weeks. But, since she doesn't live with my family or my folks, I worry that she doesn't have anyone to take care of her. Now that summer is nearing, I often ask myself, how will she keep cool? She doesn't own an air conditioning and doesn't know how to fix an electric fan if hers breaks.
One night, I was relaying these concerns to my sister, Jan, when she told me I shouldn't get myself all worked up. Apparently, my granny told her about a very interesting article in her local paper, the Gazette Extra.
My sister said that my grandma told her that the article discussed a new program in Beloit, Wisconsin, which is near her hometown, that was donating used and new air conditioning units to low-income seniors in an effort to prevent heat-related illnesses.
I told Jan how happy it made to me to know the people, just like our grandma, were being watched over by caring members of the community. During the conversation with Jan, I began to wonder how the elderly qualified for an air conditioner. My sister told me that because these appliances are in such high demand, older men and women had to have a doctor's note saying they had a medical condition. But, Jan told me that despite this requirement, around 250 people were given air conditioning units in the past 10 years!
Although Granny's town has yet to have this type of generous program, I got me thinking that I might want to start something similar so that I can rest assure that the special lady in my life stays healthy and cool this summer.