SCRN’s Tripp Girardeau contributed to this report
A non-profit organization for the blind in South Carolina had their air conditioning unit stolen, but the organization is in a bit of a bind–it lacks the money to pay for a new one.
David Houck, who is legally blind himself, runs the Columbia office of the National Federation of the Blind. He says he noticed it was warm in the building when he arrived to work on Monday. At first he just assumed that the A/C control just needed new batteries, but found out the problem was much worse once the repairmen arrived.
I called our heating and air conditioning company. They came out here, put new batteries in it and got it working…They noticed the air conditioning wasn’t coming on…so they went outside to look at the outside unit and it was gone.
Houck says the stolen unit was too old for the insurance company to cover the entire cost of a new one. So that leaves the members of the federation with the rest of the $5000-$7000 bill. He said many of those at the center are unemployed.
A new unit was installed Thursday but now the federation has only 45 days to pay for it. Houck says they are doing everything they can to raise the money.
We have to come up with the difference from what the insurance coverage would be…to raise the necessary funds to pay for it. We have blind people who are pitching in…the public who are walking in and calling…saying they are going to make contributions to help us out.
Houck says he is “a bit saddened” that someone would steal from the blind, but he feels confident that, with some help, they can raise the money they need.
To donate to the center, send contributions to:
The National Federation of the Blind
119 S. Kilbourne Rd.
Columbia, SC 29205
Visit the National Federation of the Blind website to learn more about the organization.