Oxford Helps Turn Down the Heat With “Cooling the Ozarks” Box Fan Collection

"Cooling the Ozarks" Box Fan Collection

For the last six years, Oxford HealthCare has led the way in caring for seniors affected by the heat and humidity of an Ozarks summer.

The elderly and those with chronic  illnesses are the most vulnerable to falling sick from heat-related complications.  “Many seniors can’t afford to  run their air conditioning , or they just plain don’t have it. They skip the AC to buy medication or groceries.. We see it every day,” says Holly Isom, West Plains Regional Director. “ We’re here to give them some comfort, to help them stay well and hopefully to get other services to them if that’s what they need.”

This year, Oxford kicked off the West Plains distribution with a live radio broadcast with KKDY “New Country” at the Ace Hardware in West Plains. The goal in the West Plains region is to collect and deliver at least 100 new box fans to the community between June 7th and June 22nd, and raise awareness of heat related illnesses. Those receiving fans are homebound and either elderly or disabled.

Since 2009, Oxford has given more than 1,000 fans to needy seniors. The Springfield Fan drive distribution is set for June 24th.