Elderly in need of A/C units

Myrtle Beach, SC - By Jennifer Grove - bio | email

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The Horry County Council on Aging says they have run out of air conditioning units for senior citizens in need.

Deputy Director Elaine Gore says they could use about 25 units, but that they gave their last three out last week and only have a handful of fans available.

Reba Livingston Price was one of the last people to receive an A/C unit. Sitting outside with her son, Price has a true appreciation for the unit pumping cold air inside her bedroom. Not long ago, her room's unit went out, leaving her bedroom stifling.

"I almost died," Price said. "I had to sit out on the porch at night to try and stay cool."

Her son says it was difficult to watch his mother wait out the heat.

"There would be days that she'd get no rest because of the fact of the heat," he said.

Steven says money has been tight for the family and Reba lives on a limited income.

"If I was able I would be out on a job," said the 78-year-old woman. "But I'm not able."

After they called the Horry County Council on Aging, they stepped in and gave Price a donated unit.

"I had no money to buy one, I couldn't afford one," she said. "Therefore, thank God."

Now even as the temperature goes up Reba can still rest easy.

"I thank God every day for giving me an air-conditioning unit," she said emphatically. "I thank God for that."

To find out more information on how you can donate to the Horry County Council on Aging call 843-248-5523.

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