The Columbia Police Department is now accepting donations for the annual Fan the Heat program. In order to make this year’s event a success, donations from the public are needed. In particular, CPD will be collecting fans, air conditioning units and financial contributions for worthy citizens from now until Thursday, August 31, 2017.
Since its inception in 1995, the Fan the Heat program has assisted more than 7,000 Columbia citizens. The program is primarily designed for senior citizens, however, exceptions apply for residents with medical concerns/disabilities and families with young children. Air conditioning units are of greater need than fans this year.
Donations can be dropped off at the following locations:
Headquarters - 1 Justice Square, Columbia, SC 29201
East Region - 446 Spears Creek Church Road, Elgin, SC 29045
Metro Region - 1600 Bull Street, Columbia, SC 29201
North Region - 3905 Ensor Avenue, Columbia, SC 29203
South Region - 2132 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29205
West Region - 690 Club Road, Columbia, SC 29212
Citizens who wish to make a monetary donation can make checks payable to: The Columbia Police Foundation (please note Fan the Heat program on the memo line)
Citizens must be 55 years-old or older
Citizens must provide name, address, telephone number (to ensure that the fan or air conditioner is delivered to the correct address)
Individuals with respiratory problems or a major illness can bring in a doctor’s statement regardless of age to receive assistance.
Families with young children
If a citizen needs assistance from the Fan the Heat program, they can call the Crime Prevention Unit at 545-3555; or CPD’s Telephone Response Unit at 545-3500.