5th District Chatham County Commissioner Tanya Milton partnered with the 5th District Coalition to donate fans to community residents in need on the weekend of August 14.
Milton, who also serves as the Vice President and Advertising Director of the Savannah Tribune said she recognized the need to help neighbors combat the heat when she was out delivering papers.
“As I was distributing The Savannah Tribune to the various communities, it was obvious to me that some senior residents were sitting outside because it was hot inside,” Milton said. “I asked my 5th District Coalition (who consist of the neighborhood presidents of the 5th District) as well as residents in the unincorporated neighborhoods to identify those in their specific neighborhoods who would be in need and help distribute.”
Within three days, Milton and the 5th District Coalition had collected fan donations and distributed over half of them. Milton said they immediately received a donation sufficient enough for the purchase of 30 fans. As they continued to collect fans, they totaled just over fifty fans for distribution.
“When the Presidents delivered the fans to their neighbors they were so appreciative,” Milton said.
Milton said they plan to do much more to help the community in time to come.
“It was important for me to lead such an initiative this weekend because I witnessed the pain of ‘not having.’ This generation will never understand how we lived without A/C,” Milton said. “We [her family] never experienced air conditioning until we moved to Liberty City in 1963.”