Oklahoma Gas & Electric donates 1,000 fans to needy residents

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ARDMORE, Okla. -- Oklahoma Gas & Electric is giving away 1,000 fans to low-income and elderly residents to help with heat relief this summer.

On Thursday morning, the utility company partnered with United Way of South Central Oklahoma to distribute 50 fans at the Grace Center in Ardmore.

Next week, 50 more fans will be dropped off in Durant. Twenty-five fans will go to the Bryan County United Way and the other half will go to the Area Agency on Aging.

In total, agencies from 12 cities across the state will receive the fans, which are then given out to Oklahomans on a first-come first-served basis.

Lesley Dvorak, executive director at the Grace Center, said the purpose of the fans is to both help keep people cool and to alleviate electric bill costs.

"I'm just thankful that there are business that are working in our own community that are so community-minded and allow us to do even more than we normally could do," she said.

The partnership between OG&E and the Oklahoma agencies is now three years strong.

"We felt like that if we could help at all to this, then this would be good for our customers," Mary Ann Rutledge, a coordinator of community relations for OG&E.

Other cities in which agencies will receive fans includes Alva, Muskogee, Oklahoma City, Norman and Seminole.

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