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May 22, 2013 7:10 PM by Heather Jackson

Cool Corpus Christi Fan Drive

CORPUS CHRISTI - Another hot South Texas summer is just around the corner. Our very own Dale Nelson and the city's Senior Services Department is kicking off the 4th Annual Cool Corpus Christi Fan Drive next week.

Everyday you can find 59-year-old David Rittgers sitting on the couch in front of his home. "I sit out here about four times a day, 30 minutes at a a time," said Rittgers.

Because cooling off costs too much, "We live on a fixed income and we can barely get by on that. So, we cannot afford air conditioning," Rittgers shared.

"I start getting a rash on my arm. I get a rash from the arm of the chair. It gets pretty... humid," Rittgers described.

He said the temperatures inside his home at times can reach 100 degrees. So, last year, he participated in the "Cool Corpus Christi Fan Drive" hosted by the city's Parks and Recreation Department's Senior Community Services Program.

Next week, the donation drive will kick off. Rittgers is excited to receive a fan because he remembers how much it meant to him last year- even though the fan didn't last long enough.

"A miracle. There is nothing else to explain it. It was something that I realized that other people care about ones that are living it on their income," Rittgers remembered.

If you are interested in donating to senior citizens like Rittgers, come out to the kickoff event next Tuesday evening at 7:15. Dale Nelson will be at the Lindale Senior Center on Swantner Drive.

If you can't make it, donations will be accepted from May 28th through June 24th at these following locations:

  • Grande Communications 6441 Saratoga Blvd.
  • Ethel Eyerly Senior Center 654 Graham Rd.
  • Lindale Senior Center 3135 Swantner St.
  • Greenwood Senior Center 4040 Greenwood Drive
  • Garden Senior Center 5325 Greely Drive
  • WellMed 1660 S Staples #150
  • Wellmed Holly Road Senior Clinic 5402 Holly Rd.
  • WellMed Shoreline Senior Clinic 1215 Santa Fe St.
  • WellMed at Calallen 13725 NW Blvd Suite 120
  • WellMed at Esplanade 5826 Esplanade Drive Suite 303
  • WellMed at Wooldridge 5846 Wooldridge

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