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Deputy: Fans to be given to elderly, disabled

For nearly 20 years the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office has been giving back to the community.

Deputy Emma Williams said Lincoln Parish TRIAD started delivering fans to the elderly and disabled in 1997.

“In my visiting with people in different neighborhoods, I saw that there were many people who weren’t using their fans or air conditioners because it would affect their utility bill,” she said. “In all areas of Lincoln Parish I kept seeing the same thing.”

Lincoln Parish TRIAD and its S.A.L.T. Advisory Council — Seniors and Law Enforcement Together — recently launched this year’s annual Electric Fan Drive.

The fan drive will continue throughout the summer with fans given to the elderly and disabled who do not have sufficient cooling and cannot buy a fan during the summer months.

Williams said fans will be given out as long as the warmer weather continues.

“Sometimes even in the winter months, we have some people say they need fans,” she said.
“So as long as someone needs a fan we will be giving them out.”

Over the years, Williams said thousands of fans have been given out to help those in need.
“For many years we had businesses sponsor the drive and then we moved to having individuals donate fans to help those in need,” she said.

“We’re just getting started this year, so we are in need of donations.”

One fan will be distributed per senior.

The fans will be given based on need qualifications. Parish residents are asked to donate electric fans to assist those in need, Williams said.

Fans may be dropped off at the Lincoln Parish Public Safety Complex located at 161 Road Camp Road, or the Ruston Fire Department, located at 920 East Georgia Ave.

Persons in need, can contact Community Services/TRIAD Division for assistance.

For more information, please contact Williams at 251-6451.

Williams said she hopes the Office of Community Services will be able to continue the fan drive next year, when it will be celebrating 20 years.

“I just want to thank our Sheriff Mike Stone and Deputy Kurt Taylor for all they do to keep this program going,” she said.

“They both have a concern and passion to help those in need. They are both devoted to serving the people of this parish and without them this wouldn’t be possible.”

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