Save Our Seniors
DESERT HOT SPRINGS--As the mercury continues to climb, many people across the valley can't afford air conditioning. But one man is stepping up to help keep seniors cool in Desert Hot Springs.
Sweltering heat is something we've grown to expect in the desert. Temperatures climb well into the triple digits for weeks, sometimes even months at a time.
"When it gets to 118 degrees you can't be in the house without some kind of cooling," founder of Save Our Seniors, Charlie Henkel said.
gloria behenna- "Goes from 110 to 118 to 120," said Desert Hot Springs resident Gloria Behenna. "I couldn't stand it if I didn't have air conditioning in my home."
Beating the heat is tough for anyone, especially those with a higher risk of falling ill from rising temperatures, like children and senior citizens.
"It's very dangerous, our temperatures here and they do need a means to cool themselves especially if they have a medical condition," said Erin Begley, Center Manager at the Desert Hot Springs Senior Center. "Everybody needs to get cool, so it's filling a huge need."
Officials say 25 percent of seniors in Desert Hot Springs brave the heat without air conditioning. That's where Charlie Henkel comes in. He turns trash into cool treasure. Taking old, unwanted, and even broken fans and swamp coolers, fixing them and giving them away to seniors in need.
"Actually its fun. I enjoy fixing things," Henkel said.
A fun way to keep seniors cool during the sizzling summer, but Charlie and Erin need your help. If you have a fan, swamp cooler or air conditioner that you don't want, please drop it off at the Desert Hot Springs Senior Center.
Desert Hot Springs Senior Center
11-777 West Drive
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240