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Families benefiting from Beat The Heat donations

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PADUCAH - With temperatures hitting the 90's this week, a fan might be critical in your home, especially if you don't have central air or are on a fixed income. WPSD's 'Beat The Heat' campaign is now in full swing, and people like Donna Wallace are getting their hands, on fans.

"Ahhhhh," sighs Donna Wallace's 5-year-old granddaughter Chloe, enjoying their new fan. 

"She hasn't moved from the front of it," Donna explains. "She's been sitting in front of it ever since we got it."

You can't blame Chloe for that. The sun was blazing Thursday, with highs in the 90's. Donna is on a fixed income, so turning down the air conditioning isn't an option.

"Sometimes it's cooler outside than it is in here," Donna said.

So this family headed to the Salvation Army in Paducah, after hearing the Beat The Heat campaign was blowing back through our region.

"I believe it's catching people off guard," Salvation Army Captain Joe Crawford told Local 6 about the sudden heat. "It's not comfortable at all to live in a home that is 90 degrees inside, and there's no place of relief when you have that."

It's a real health risk too.

"I know some people think a fan's not a lot of luxury, but to us it is," Donna said.

"I like the wind in my hair," said Chloe of her favorite feature of their new fan.

So, how does Donna feel?

"Cool!" Donna told us, laughing.

You can help plenty of others feel cool, just like Donna's family. Drop off a new fan at any participating Regions Bank locations. The campaign runs through July 7th. For more information on Beat The Heat, click here.

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