Project Cool seeking donations of box fans

Updated for 2016: Summer months - June through August - inflict considerably high temperatures and humidity in San Antonio. Seniors living in homes without air conditioning or circulating air face a greater risk of heat-related injuries and fatalities during the summer.

Since 1997, the City of San Antonio (Human Services, Fire Department) Catholic Charities of San Antonio, Inc., United Way of San Antonio & Bexar County, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and community/corporate partners have coordinated Project Cool to provide heat relief to senior residents 60 years of age and older across the city through donation and free distribution of 20-inch box fans to seniors in need.

How to Donate

Purchase a new 20-inch electric box fan at any area retail store (box fans cost between $20 and $30) and drop your new box fan off at any San Antonio Fire Station (except for the Airport Fire Station, Station #22) at any time between June and September (see map below). You can also donate monetary contributions toward the purchase of box fans for senior residents. To donate, mail a check in any amount payable to “Project Cool c/o Catholic Charities” to: Catholic Charities of San Antonio, 202 W. French Place, San Antonio, TX 78212.

How to Request a Fan

Seniors who are 60 years of age and older, current San Antonio residents and show critical need for a box fan are eligible to receive a fan free of charge. Just call 2-1-1 (United Way Helpline) to request a box fan (fan supplies are limited by donations received during the summer).


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