FaithWorks making fans in Newton
Nonprofit helping residents stay cool in hot summer

COVINGTON - FaithWorks is once again collecting fans to distribute to those in need during the hot days of summer.

The nonprofit organization is asking churches, businesses and individuals to donate. So far, about 35 fans have been collected, but that won't come close to meeting the demand, said Hoke Cato, intake counselor and treasurer of FaithWorks.

"When we began collecting fans three and a half years ago, we thought it was a good idea to help people with their air conditioning. Then we found out a lot of people that came in don't have air conditioning at all," Cato said.

Fan donations have increased tremendously over the years, from 150 the first year of the fan drive to 739 last year, Cato said. Last year, the fan drive benefited 287 families and 1,029 individuals.

The fans are handed out as quickly as they come in, he said, noting that last year a donation of 450 fans from Wal-Mart was distributed in three days.

Fans are available on a first-come, first-serve basis from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the FaithWorks office, located at 7129 Turner Lake Circle Southwest.

A picture ID is required to receive a fan, and a FaithWorks volunteer will take down the name and address of all recipients. Fans are limited to two per family.

FaithWorks volunteers will pick up fans from anyone who would like to donate, or they can be dropped off at the FaithWorks office. For more information, call 770-784-1884.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.