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Jun 11, 201308:23 AM
Uptown Life

Lifestyles, Galas and Gaiety from St. Charles Avenue Magazine's Morgan Packard

Flamingo Fan Fund Helps Those in Need Get Some Air

Though I’m a Southerner born and bread, and though I’m a trip-to-the-beach-not-the-mountains kind of girl, I want – no, require – air conditioning. I grew up in Dallas, where I remember summers either being spent in a pool or moving from air conditioned home to air conditioned car to air conditioned mall/theater/etc.


I was reminded recently that not everyone is so lucky.


I am part of a group of extremely dedicated, talented and community-oriented women known as the “Flamingos.” One of our leaders was thinking of her own air conditioning bills and how during a hot summer the air conditioner “seems like it never stops.” It got her thinking about the elderly in and around our community: “Can they cope with the heat? Especially taking heart medication, etc.?”


So she began the Flamingo Fan Fund.


One modest fan costs about $25, which is less than $1 a day for a month and can give such relief. She has been taking donations for almost a month, but has just set up an account for those who don’t know her personally.


This program is one of those grass-roots efforts that may or may not take off, but I wanted to share with you that even large ideas by a small group can make a difference when everyone chips in and thinks of their community.


If you’re interested, you can send donations made out to the “Flamingo Fan Fund” to: Coastland Federal Credit Union, 1301 Clearview Parkway, Metairie, LA 70001. For more information, email FlamingoAndFriends@gmail.com or visit facebook.com/MusesFlamingos.


And, if you’d like to lend a more physical hand, this Sat., June 15, at 10 a.m., some Flamingos (you’ll be able to spot us, I promise) will be meeting in the parking lot at Elmwood Shopping Center (in front of Big Lots) to purchase the first round of fans with the money already raised.

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Uptown Life

Lifestyles, Galas and Gaiety from St. Charles Avenue Magazine's Morgan Packard


Morgan Packard may not be a native New Orleanian, but with every passing day New Orleans becomes more her home. Attending Newcomb College and gaining her masters from Tulane University, Packard immersed herself in the culture and peculiarities of the Big Easy, the culmination of which was reached when she joined the staff of Renaissance Publishing in May 2006. You can reach Morgan at (504) 830-7227 or morgan@myneworleans.com.




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