Free air conditioners provided to low-income seniors

Published: Jun. 5, 2013 at 6:03 PM CDT|Updated: Jan. 13, 2017 at 3:49 PM CST
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(WMC-TV) - Summer is approaching and as Mid-Southerners look for ways to keep cool, MLGW is teaming up with the Neighborhood Christian Center to help.

The "Play It Cool" program will give free air conditioning units to low-income seniors and disabled residents who apply and qualify for the assistance.

Cora Jones was one of the first people in line to apply.

"Why do I need one? To keep cool and comfortable," said Jones.

Gilbert Alexander agrees.

"Without air conditioners, you know, it's pretty rough," he said.

Living in a home without air conditioning is not only "rough", but it can be dangerous.

"Statistics and research show that those particularity elderly people are not able to sustain during the summer for so many days and so what winds up happening is they try to bear it and they wind up passing away," said Zachary Kerr, Neighborhood Christian Center.

Applicants were asked to bring a Tennessee state ID or driver's license, their most recent pay stub, or social security income statement.

Those who have physical disabilities but do not meet the age requirement were told to bring the proper certification information.

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