Boy Spends Birthday Helping Those In Need

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(COLUMBIA, S.C.) WOLO — A few weeks ago we brought you the story of how the Columbia Police Department is helping people across the Midlands who are in need of a way to cool their homes. “It feels good because we don’t need to get the bad people, we’re helping good people get even better things,” says Felder. Darius Felder’s birthday wish this year did not come from a catalog or a store, instead he wanted to help those in need. ” Because I know a lot of people are hot in their houses and they need the coolness,” says Felder. Darius turned 12 on Thursday and he also tagged along with Dad as a volunteer for the Fan the Heat program, an experience that turned out to be a real eye opener. “It’s actually interesting to see how many people actually need the fans,” says Felder. Darius says he only wants others to have what he has. “Because my house is pretty cooll and there house isn’t,” says Felder. Sergeant Ron Felder says having his son volunteer for the program, makes him proud. “Oh it’s a great feeling, I’m glad to have him out here helping me help someone else especially on his birthday,” says Sergeant Felder. Darius and Sergeant Felder weren’t the only ones happy on Thursday. Teretha Hammond, received a new air conditioning unit for her home. “Oh it’s a blessing, a blessing, I want have to be in this heat feeling like I’m going to have a heat stroke and dying like this,” says Hammond. Darius says he’s glad to help. “Because it will make me feel better as well as the other people,” says Felder. He also recommends the program for other children. “A lot of children should do it because it’s a good opportunity to see how life is with other people,” says Felder. Since the Fan the Heat program kicked off June 1st. Sergeant Felder says nearly 90 families have been helped through the program.

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