ROANOKE, Va — The heat can take a toll on people especially senior citizens. Now some older people in need of air conditioners and fans have lost much needed help.
The Local Office on Aging (LOA) in Roanoke has run out of donations after losing its federal funding.
Last week, the non-profit agency spent its last $700 to buy 10 air conditioning units and 20 fans. That's why only the most needy people will get the free items.
"When we had plenty of money we served anybody that qualified financially 60 years of age and older," says Shannon Abell, Director of Senior Services, "But now we're gonna have to have a letter from their doctor attesting that they need the cooling."
On Wednesday, LOA was down to two A/C units and about five fans. On that same day nine people filled out applications and the voice mail had 20 messages.