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Community support helps local minister deliver fans to families in need

Rock Hill, SC — Thursday Morning, Rev. Ronal King with Christians to Feed the Hungry joined joined Jay Taylor and Sheila Caldwell on WRHI’s Palmetto Mornings to make an appeal for those in need during the heatwave sweeping the southeast — an appeal for box fans — for local residents who can’t afford to run their air conditioning in the summer months.

Rev. Ronal King of Christians to Feed the Hungry speaks to Channel 9. Image courtesy WSOC-TV.

As is customary with most guests that appear on Palmetto Mornings, the audio is edited and, in some cases, run the next day in the news. And the community responded.

Thursday afternoon, a handful of fans were sitting in the WRHI studios, with Rev. King coming by late in the evening to pick up the life-saving devices. By Friday morning, support came in droves.

Shortly before 10 a.m., Matt Sy with Comfort Systems Heating and Air, in partnership with Lennox, dropped off 48 box fans, filling half of the station’s lobby and leaving the local Lowes’ Home Improvement Warehouse out of the $15 appliance.

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By 2 p.m., Palmetto Surgical Associates employees’ came by with another 25 fans.

Channel 9's Greg Suskin displays one of dozens of box fans dropped off at the WRHI studios Friday morning. Image courtesy WSOC-TV.

By 3 p.m., word of the effort had reached Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer’s office in Columbia, who pledged 500 fans to citizens across the state.

Friday afternoon, in 90-degree weather, King, followed by a herd of local media, distributed the fans to residents on Rock Hill’s Greene Street, meeting with each resident, fans in hand, to pray with them. King just spent six days in the hospital recovering from heatstroke himself.

If you would like to contribute, fans can be dropped off at the WRHI Studios, 142 N. Confederate Ave., Rock Hill. Call 803-324-1340 or toll-free 800-422-1281 with any questions.

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