It's that time of year again when the mercury is climbing. Much of the area seeing triple digit temperatures. Those that are the most vulnerable to the heat are the homeless and elderly. For those who have no air conditioning or water to keep cool, being out in this sweltering heat can lead to death. That's why places like The Guyon Saunders Resource Center and your generous donations matter in saving a life.
The famous Panhandle summer heat is here. For the homeless that means taking refuge under a shady tree or The Guyon Saunders Resource Center's Day Room.
"It's nice to have a place for people who don't have a place to go to get out of that hot weather. Come in, cool off, kind of get their bearings straight. We have water sources available but we serve coffee in the morning. We also have showers, we have laundry services available," said Program Manager, Bryan Gillespie.
For those homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, The Guyon Saunders Resource Center also offers a free clinic for those who may feel ill from the heat.
"We do have a walk in clinic here for the homeless so if they feel they are suffering from heat exhaustion they can come in to that clinic here at the resource center," said Gillespie.
The Resource Center also houses 211 Texas, a call center that helps direct people to the correct social services they need. For example, when someone needs a fan to stay cool. Last year, through your help with our Pronews 7 Fan Drive, 211 Texas was able to give out 160 fans. Already this year, there's been 62 request for fans.
"During the summer time a person may not have air conditioning and they're going to need something to move the air around or just to keep themselves cooled off".
Again this year, Pronews 7 is asking you in the Panhandle Spirit to help our neighbors stay cool this summer. Bring a new or gently used fan or air conditioning unit to our Downtown Studio. You can drop your donation off at One Broadcast Center during regular business hours, and we'll make sure to take those to The Resource Center.