Beat the Heat - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Beat the Heat

By Tiffany Blackmon - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) – Nathaniel Walls cannot stand the heat of his apartment. A summer breeze is his only relief from the oven he calls home.

"It's not that difficult when you can come outside and get you a little air you know, but it would be a whole lot better with some air," said Walls.

Walls, has been without air conditioning in his home for three months. He can't afford to buy an air conditioning unit and he's not alone.

The summer heat is relentless for Walls and others without air conditioning. However, the Knights of St. Peter Claver is one organization that's helping those in need find relief from the heat by providing window units through their Beat the Heat window air conditioner assistance program.

Roy Sanders with the Knights of St. Peter Claver stated, "When you go into some of these peoples houses, it's so warm in there, when we come out we are completely wet from installing the air conditioner."

The Knights of St. Peter Claver rely on donations to install air conditioning units. The number they've installed since they began four years ago has declined. With donations, they're hoping to meet their goal this year.

"Hopefully we'll install at least 100 or 150."

Window units are being supplied to those who are 60 years of age or older and/or to those who have disabilities that live within the city limits of Lake Charles.

To apply for the program an application must be filled out at the Calcasieu Council of Aging on July 22, 2010 between 9am and 1pm.

Information to qualify include:

  • PROOF OF HOUSEHOLD INCOME
  • PHOTO ID
  • SOCIAL SECURITY CARD
  • BANK STATEMENT
  • PROOF OF RESIDENCE.

It's a program Walls never new about before, but plans to apply for now.

"Yes, to get some help because it's not every day you find help," said Walls.

With more donations, the Knights of St. Peter Claver can help people outside the Lake Charles city limits. If you want to make a donation call Herman Guidry at 436-1179.

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