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Fan Fare: Recap of the 2020 Summer Fan Drive Events

2020 Summer Fan Drive, Austin, TX

McCullough Heating & Air Conditioning has partnered with Family Eldercare and the Summer Fan Drive for many years. We are back at it again in 2020! The Summer Fan Drive provides relief to Central Texas residents in need that cannot afford air conditioning.

Kicking off the Summer Fan Drive, in the Spring!

We truly believe in the mission of the Summer Fan Drive. Every single day, our team fights the Austin heat by fixing air conditioners or installing new ones. But not everyone can afford air conditioning, and that particularly impacts our senior community.

This year, we invested more than ever into our local community with a donation triple the amount of previous years. It was serendipitous, because the global pandemic made it even more difficult for struggling families. The large donation from McCullough early in the year allowed the Summer Fan Drive to kick off a month earlier than normal and serve families during this difficult time. In fact, our donation funded the entire first round of fans distributed in 2020.

The 2020 Fan Parade

On Friday, July 10th McCullough took part in the annual Summer Fan Drive parade. The parade event makes it easy for Austin residents to quickly donate fans, often by the truckload!

This year’s event looked a little different given the restrictions around COVID-19. Still, donors and volunteers alike could safely participate in the activities of the day.

People that wanted to donate fans filled them in the back of their vehicle, where volunteers would unload the fans at one of the four donation locations. Check out the live updates from the 2020 event!

Part of what makes this event so special is how donors dress up their vehicles for the “parade”! This year we had lots of fun watching the decorated cars stroll by.

On the day of the event the Texas heat was intense, reaching a heat index of 110F! It was an extra reminder for Austin residents how important cooling down is to our health and safety.  Because of the Fan Parade, Family Eldercare collected 947 fans and over $177K in donations.

McCullough has supported our fan drive for the past three years. The first two year donating $10,000 and this year we donated $30,000! It was because of this donation that we were able to start the fan drive a month early.

What’s Next? Fans 4 Paws!

Looking forward, the next Summer Fan Drive event is Fans 4 Paws. This pup-focused event is Mac’s absolute favorite! Did you know that pets get hot too? Pets are loyal and often will not leave their owner’s side, even if they are visibly uncomfortable.

The event will tentatively take place at Easy Tiger (LINC location) and will include live music, a pet photo booth, raffle prizes, and more. Volunteers will collect fans and monetary donations. The funds from the event will support the distribution of free fans to Austin residents in need, helping pets in sweltering homes and helping struggling seniors to keep their pets.

McCullough Heating & Air Conditioning Loves the Summer Fan Drive!

McCullough Heating & Air Conditioning has been one of the biggest supporters of Family Eldercare and the Summer Fan Drive. As a locally-owned Austin original, we truly believe in the spirit of we live here, we give here. 

We donate a significant amount of our profits to supporting the most high-risk populations in Austin. As our owner Al says, “it’s the right thing to do”.

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