Project Cool Breeze aids those struggling in the heat

Project Cool Breeze aids those struggling in the heat

WEST ASHLEY SC (WCSC) - Volunteers and workers were busy picking up boxes of air conditioners. Then placing them in a line of shopping carts. Each of those A/C units headed off to homes that really need them this Summer. All for an affordable price tag, free.

It's all part of Project Cool Breeze, in it's fifteenth year of helping the Lowcountry's less fortunate.

The third distribution of the year took place Wednesday afternoon at the Lowe's in West Ashley.

The initiative's founder, State Representative Wendell Gilliard, says one hundred and twenty four air conditioners were given out.

"And we look because of the generosity of the people throughout the tri-county, we look to have two more of these fine distributions," Gilliard said.

A variety of reasons brought out those in need or their family members.

One man wanted to make sure those involved with Project Cool Breeze knew how thankful he was for the gift.

"My mother's central air went out and her hot water heater went out within a month. This is a blessing to receive an air conditioner today."

One women picked up an A/C for her sister living in hospice. Another man helped out his sister-in-law who only had a fan to keep cool.

Giving out the cooling units was a group effort. Lowe's employees, a City of Charleston police officer, and local Boy Scout were among those who teamed up to make the distribution happen.

One worker said with a smile, "I get excited just like them. You know, something that they say the community is giving back to them. It's good."

According to Gilliard, the next two planed Project Cool Breeze distributions should happen in the coming weeks.

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