‘We need it’: Petersburg association helps residents beat the heat with free fans

The Tri-Cities

PETERSBURG, Va (WRIC) — With temperatures in the 90’s this week Petersburg residents are trying to beat the heat however they can.

The Young Entrepreneur Association gave out free fans Tuesday morning to help people keep cool during this heatwave.

Dozens of people stopped by YEA’s office at 325 Brown Street in Petersburg to snag their free fan.

The Association teamed up with the Walmart in Colonial Heights to provide free fans for people who needed help staying cool.

“I was not expecting so many people. I was overwhelmed and I was excited,” Member of the YEA Taaisha Qguenyemi said.

Eugene Allen told 8News he had seen it on the news that there was a free fan giveaway.

“We just need one,” Allen said. It’s going to be excessively hot. I saw on the news this morning there was a giveaway for fans, so I came to get one.”

Ogunyemi arrived with just a couple of fans. But they were gone in about 15 minutes. So she took action.

“I knew when I saw all of these people, I knew I had to go get some more,” Ogunyemi said.

People were willing to wait for more than an hour to get what they needed.

“We need it. We need it. Older people around here, they got to get one or they’ll get hurt,” Allen said.

Some weren’t getting fans for themselves.

“My neighbor Shirley and Joann, sometimes they run the air, sometimes their air is out,” Sherry Barfield said. “Shirley is 85. Joann is her daughter taking care of her. I just kept them in mind.”

Ogunyemi gave out a total of 24 fans Tuesday.

“When I see actual people come in and they really, really need it – it’s going to help their children, their neighbor, it gives me so much joy,” Ogunyemi said.

If you wish to receive a fan the association is taking requests. They are expected to get more fans on Sunday, July 18.


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