Lowcountry's Project Cool Breeze helps elderly beat the heat

State Rep. Wendell Gilliard, D-Charleston, spoke at the kickoff for Project Cool Breeze on Wednesday morning at the Marriott Hotel in Charleston. (Nick Watson/postandcourier.com)

The summer heat has already settled into the Lowcountry, but Project Cool Breeze is just getting warmed up.

The program helps get air conditioning units and fans to elderly citizens in need for the summer months. The project held its kickoff meeting Wednesday morning at the Charleston Marriott Hotel.

State Rep. Wendell Gilliard, D-Charleston, praised the efforts of the volunteers in their continuous efforts.

“This project is not something we start six months of the year,” Gilliard said. “This rolls year-round.”

Gilliard also lauded the work of Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell, who has made great strides in helping the elderly community.

“Once he stepped in that office, believe me, he's made a difference in senior citizens' lives in South Carolina,” Gilliard said.

Carolyn Brown, the program's director and coordinator of the Charleston Police Weed and Seed program, said air conditioning units are the largest need this season.

“We thank each and everyone of you for all you do,” Brown said.

Rameca Leary, presiding over the meeting, applauded Brown for the amount of hours she must spend poring over the applications.

To be eligible to apply for Project Cool Breeze, you must be 60 or older, a resident of the Lowcountry, and must not have received a unit in the last three years.

Sponsors of the program include SCE&G, Lowe's of West Ashley, Home Depot of West Ashley, Charleston County Sheriff's Office, Boeing and others.

Monetary donations can be made out to Project Cool Breeze, to be sent to City of Charleston Finance Department, 116 Meeting St., Charleston, SC 29401.

Equipment donations can be dropped off at the Charleston Water System at 103 St. Philip St. or at the Lowe's in West Ashley.

For donations: 843-727-6800