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Group taking applications for free AC units

By Jason Belk - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - On Thursday, applications for free air conditioning units were being accepted at the Calcasieu Council on Aging building.

These long, hot summer months can be hard on many in Southwest Louisiana, especially those without an air conditioner in their home.

This year's has been especially hard on Lake Charles resident Tanya Spencer.

"Our air conditioner went out and we didn't have the finances to able to get it at that time or get another one," said Spencer.

Like so many, Spencer, does not have an air conditioner in her home, which is where the Fourth Degree Knights of Peter Claver stepped in Thursday morning.

Their "Beat the Heat" program provided air conditioner units for qualifying elderly and disabled within the Lake Charles city limit.

"The brothers decided that we would, the each of us, kick in enough to buy one unit. Then we would go out and ask the general public to help us with it, and I guarantee it was a tremendous success," said Sir Knight Peter Guidry.

This is the fifth year in a row that those involved have given away these free AC units, while the amount of units given away has varied over the years, the wonderful feeling they get from helping someone in need has never gone away.

"It's tremendous, everybody knows that something good is going to happen from this, and the feedback is such that keep the program going," said Guidry.

Thursday, the applications for the units were being approved, and Guidry says the Knights of Assembly #22 hope to begin installing them as soon as Friday.

News the left many, including Tanya Spencer, with a smile on their face.

"It's a blessing that people are helping us to be able to get to that feeling, maybe next week I'll be cool," said Spencer.

The Knights are reporting 130 people applied and were approved for new AC units, which will be their max this year.

However, more donations will allow them to give away more units.

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