While the rest of us should enjoy the first workdays since June without temperatures cracking 90 degrees, relief started last week for residents of an adult care home in Irondequoit.
Maria Friske, who lives a few houses away from Shire Senior Living, shared on her Facebook page a chance encounter with a resident who said he wasn’t sleeping because of the heat. Friends and friends of friends responded, and so far more than three dozen fans have been delivered to the facility.
Friske also contacted Lifespan of Greater Rochester, which is accepting financial donations that can be earmarked for fans for the elderly.
“She has just taken this on,” said Ann Marie Cook, president and chief executive officer of Lifespan.
In August 2016, Maria Friske posted on Facebook about residents of an adult home needing fans, and she said the response was overwhelming. (Photo: Provided by Maria Friske)
“I spent the weekend crying because I’ve been so happily overwhelmed,” said Friske, 53, a graphic designer who works in Webster. “So many people want to help. So many people just didn’t know, like I, that people needed fans. The first reaction is it breaks your heart. The second reaction when you see all the outpouring of people helping is joy.”
Shire Senior Living is not required by the state Department of Health to have air conditioning in residents’ rooms.