Program asks for AC units for elderly, disabled in Sumter, Lee, Clarendon

FROM STAFF REPORTS
Posted 6/13/18

Because of the overwhelming response to last year's initiative to supply the elderly and disabled with 5000 BTU air-conditioner units, Clean Slate Reentry Program, in cooperation with other area nonprofits and public agencies, …

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Program asks for AC units for elderly, disabled in Sumter, Lee, Clarendon

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Because of the overwhelming response to last year's initiative to supply the elderly and disabled with 5000 BTU air-conditioner units, Clean Slate Reentry Program, in cooperation with other area nonprofits and public agencies, is seeking the help of area churches, businesses, organizations, fraternities and sororities to satisfy the need of this campaign.

In 2017, 110 air conditioners were donated through this effort. Derek Gamble, executive director of Clean Slate Reentry Program, will have potential recipients screened for eligibility through participating agencies and nonprofits to receive a unit. Once the program was made public to the service area of Sumter, Lee, Clarendon, Williamsburg and Darlington counties, a massive list was developed.

Because the need is evident, this program will make provisions to expand statewide.

The 2018 goal is to have at least 500 AC units donated. Program leaders plan to expand the services statewide by offering at least 10 AC units in its top 42 counties and 20 AC units in the last four counties based on household median income. These units can be purchased at Simpson Ace Hardware and Sports locations at the discounted rate of $98 and picked up by approved parties of Operation Summer Salvation for delivery and installation to eligible recipients. The program is also seeking a corporate sponsor to match the number of air conditioners donated to this cause.

Follow the progress on Facebook at Air Conditioners for the Elderly and Disabled of South Carolina.

To make an online donation through PayPal, leave a message on the Facebook page so a money request can be sent to you, or visit www.gofundme.com/operationsummersalvation.

Any further questions or concerns can be directed to Derek Gamble at (803) 316-9169 or David Johnson at (803) 607-5541.