Habitat seeks fans to help deal with heat
Local charity organizations are asking for community support in efforts to cool off residents in need during the hot summer months.
Putnam Habitat for Humanity is partnering with other local agencies — Catholic Charities in Palatka, the South Putnam Christian Center in Crescent City and St. Vincent de Paul in Interlachen — for the program.
The groups are asking the community to donate fans, which will then be distributed in the area. Ramicah Johnson, Putnam Habitat for Humanity executive director, said the fans would be donated to elderly or low-income residents throughout Putnam County.
“We do have a great need here. A lot of people do not have air conditioning and they really need the fans,” said Meva Krecota, supervisor of St. Vincent de Paul’s food pantry. “We do everything we can do to help these people.”
Johnson said the organizations have done the program over the last several summers due to the need in the community. Her organization helps spread the word and serves as a drop-off point for new fans before dispersing them to the other local service agencies.
“Collaboration is the beauty of what we do,” Johnson said. “All the agencies work together to serve the needs of our residents who are really in need of services.”
“We all work together. We are all in the same business,” Krecota said. “There were several of us at St. Vincent de Paul who actually worked for Habitat of Humanity.”
Johnson said the amount of fans donated to the groups varies each year. Some years she has received 200 fans and some years only 20. But, she is encouraged by the sentiment of the support from the community each year, and this year is no different.
“That is why we love living in Putnam County,” she said. “People like to complain about it but whenever there is a need. … Putnam County always steps up. That is what makes it a special place to live.”
The organizations do not facilitate fan donations for any personal or monetary gains. Instead, they do it simply because they know there are members of the community who do not have relief to the hot conditions of a scorching Florida summer.
“It is very important. If you are a human being it is very important because we are supposed to take care of each other,” Krecota said. “We like to do anything we can to help them be more comfortable.”
Residents can drop-off new fans at the Putnam Habitat for Humanity office, 1605 Westover Drive in Palatka. Fans can also be dropped off at the following agencies:
n Catholic Charities, 1000 Husson Ave. in Palatka. Contact the office at 328-2333.
n St. Vincent de Paul, 111 N. Francis St. in Interlachen. Contact the office at 684-2797.
n South Putnam Christian Center, 223 N. Summit St. in Crescent City, Contact the office at 698-1944.
For more information, contact the habitat office at 325-5862 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.