St. Vincent de Paul helps cool neighbors in need with free fans, air conditioners

Posted at 5:45 AM, Jul 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-22 05:13:15-04

CINCINNATI - A heat wave is filtering into the Tri-State and St. Vincent de Paul is hoping to provide relief to people in need.

St. Vincent de Paul will provide more than 125 fans to neighbors in need as part of its Summer Fan and Air Conditioner Drive from 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at the its Outreach Center at 1125 Bank St. in the West End.

This distribution is for fans only and is capped at one per household. Recipients should bring a form of ID.

So far this summer, St. Vincent de Paul has distributed nearly 300 fans and 250 air conditioners to seniors and people in need this year. However, they still have a waitlist and want to do more. 

Norwood resident Deborah Graham received an air conditioning unit earlier thi month after her nine-month-old grandson was sweating and wheezing. He suffers from a lung disease and has a cyst on his brain. Graham calls the air conditioner  a life-changing asset. 

“He’s breathing without any help," Graham said. "The wheezing is gone. He’s not sweating — cause he was sweating at first.”

New fans and air conditioners can be donated at any St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store. Cash donations can be made at any local Huntington Bank location, at, or by calling (513) 421-HOPE.