MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C. — With the summer heat baking the Carolinas, it's important that we do everything we can to keep cool. 

But what if you don't have air conditioning? Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation hopes to help those in need by giving away free fans to seniors and people with disabilities this summer. 

Temperatures this week are expected to be in the mid-to-upper 90s with the heat index making it feel like it's over 100 degrees, according to First Warn forecaster Larry Sprinkle. 

"Wednesday afternoon, it's going to be 97 but it's going to feel like 101, 102 degrees," Sprinkle said.

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According to the county's website, people age 60 and older, as well as people 18-59 who receive disability income are eligible to receive a free fan while supplies last. All you need to bring is your driver's license or ID proving your age and current Mecklenburg County address to any recreation center

The fans are provided through a grant from Duke Energy, according to the website. 


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