Dozens of people gather every day at the Athens-Limestone Senior Center to have fun and try to beat the heat. With the air conditioning running, the senior center does the job.
"Without it, I'd burn up I guess. Pass out too," said Fannie Williams. "But I thank the Lord I've got two air conditioners.
However, when the senior center closes for the night, many go back to homes without the luxury of air conditioning.
Sandra Zirbel, director of the non-profit Care Assurance System For the Aging and Homebound, is on a mission to collect fans and air conditioners for those in need.
"They're elderly. Their income is limited, and they don't have the money to buy air conditioners themselves," said Zirbel. "Think about your grandmother or great grandmother being in this position in this Alabama heat and not having air conditioning."
Limestone Co. and surrounding areas have already been placed under a heat advisory and unfortunately, there's no relief in sight. That's why Zirbel said that it's so important for people to donate quickly.
There is an immediate need for 10 to 20 new fans or air conditioning units with a 110 outlet plug. Currently, they only have one of each.
"It breaks my heart. I tear up thinking about our elderly being in a situation like that where there's stifling heat," said Zirbel. "It just breaks my heart.
Those wishing to make a donation, call (256) 777-1038 or visit CASA at 912 W. Pryor St. Athens, AL.