Popular program enters 12th year; more than 1,200 fans available to nonprofits
Beaumont, Texas – With triple-digit
temperatures already bearing down, hundreds of Entergy Texas customers will soon
have an easier time keeping their cool thanks to the company’s annual ‘Beat the
Heat’ fan give-away.
The popular program, now in its 12th
year, assists low-income residents via the provision of more than 1,200 box fans
set for delivery to charitable, nonprofit agencies throughout areas served by
Entergy Texas. This year, the company has upgraded to oscillating fans while
adding a new delivery location in Vidor.
Nonprofit agencies partnering with
Entergy Texas take applications from residents in need in their areas and
provide the fans to those who qualify. Since “Beat the Heat” began in 2001, more
than 14,000 fans have been given to qualifying Southeast Texans.
“The heat in Southeast Texas can be
almost unbearable at times, especially for those without air conditioning at
home,” said Pam Williams, manager for customer operations support for Entergy
Texas. “With the demand for fans growing every year, we are pleased to provide
oscillating fans this year in order to help our customers remain as comfortable
as possible.” Fans are being delivered this year to: Beaumont Chapter, Salvation
Army, 120; Some Other Place, Beaumont, 40; United Christian Care Center, Vidor,
20; Orange Chapter, Salvation Army, 120; Port Arthur Chapter, Salvation Army,
120; Community Care Prayer Outreach, Nederland, 60; Christian Care Center,
Silsbee, 30; Hardin County United Appeals, Kountze, 20; Tri-County Community
Action, Inc., Woodville, 25; Caring Christian Sharing, Sour Lake, 25; St.
Vincent de Paul, Winnie, 60; Dayton area, 50.
In Entergy Texas’ western areas, more
than 140 fans will be divided in the Huntsville area between the Good Shepherd
Mission and locations in Corrigan and Trinity while 150 fans will be shared in
the Conroe area by the Montgomery County Emergency Assistance organization and
the Assistance League’s Fans for Friends. The Woodlands area will receive 50
fans through the community’s Interfaith organization; while locations in
Navasota, Madisonville, Somerville and Calvert will receive 120 fans. Locations
in New Caney and Shepherd will receive 75 fans.
Entergy Texas delivers electricity to
more than 400,000 customers in 27 counties. It is a subsidiary of Entergy
Corporation. Entergy is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in
electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and
operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating
capacity, and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the United States.
Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas,
Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.