“Cool Corpus Christi” fan drive begins

Posted at 4:29 AM, May 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-29 05:29:03-04

This summer is set to be a scorcher, with recent heat indices in the triple digits.

"You start feeling zapped out. A lot of people don’t have any energy at all, and they think they’re starting to get the flu or something, when in reality, they’ve just been out in the heat too long," Capt. Robert Ruiz said.

That’s why several organizations around town are teaming up to help our elderly neighbors by collecting fans and other cooling systems.

Capt. Ruiz explained why the higher temperatures are more dangerous for senior citizens.

"We can moderate our temperatures well, but the very young and the very old have a difficult time transitioning. You know, we can acclimate to temperatures like this in maybe two weeks time, but not the elderly and very young. They struggle with it," Capt. Ruiz said.

Last year’s "Cool Corpus Christi" fan drive brought in more than 100 donations, and getting involved is simple.

Just bring a 16 to 20-inch box or oscillating fan to one of the 14 drop-off locations listed below:

  • Grande Communications              6441 Saratoga Blvd., Corpus Christi, Texas 78414
  • Lindale Senior Center                  3135 Swantner St., Corpus Christi, Texas 78404
  • Greenwood Senior Center          4040 Greenwood Drive, Corpus Christi, Texas 78414
  • Garden Senior Center                  5325 Greely Dr., Corpus Christi, Texas 78412
  • Ethel Eyerly Senior Center          654 Graham Rd., Corpus Christi, Texas 78418
  • WellMed at Six Points                  1661 S. Staples St., #160, Corpus Christi, Texas 78404
  • WellMed Shoreline                       1215 Santa Fe St., Corpus Christi, Texas 78404
  • WellMed at Northwest Blvd.        13725 NW Blvd., Suite A, Corpus Christi, Texas 78410
  • WellMed at Wooldridge               5846 Wooldridge Rd., Corpus Christi, Texas 78414
  • WellMed at Morgan                      2922 Morgan Ave., Corpus Christi, TX 78405
  • WellMed at South Alameda        3262 S. Alameda St., Corpus Christi, TX 78404
  • WellMed at Crosstown                 2634 Gollihar Rd., Suite C, Corpus Christi, TX 78415
  • WellMed at Cabaniss Field         3434 Saratoga Blvd., Corpus Christi, TX 78415
  • South Coast Family Medicine     4458 S. Staples St., Corpus Christi, TX 78411