(Ripley, MS) Underneath the sun rays and clouds, Brenda Whitehead can't catch a break from the heat and her health problems, "Well, I got asthma and COPD. It's hard on me breathing when it's real hot."
Whitehead is disabled.
She's become a prisoner inside her Ripley, Mississippi home, "It's really been hard on me breathing. That's one reason I can't hardly go nowhere because I can't hardly breath because of the heat."
Her family can't afford air conditioning and fans are all she has to beat the heat, "All I got inside is three fans and three fans that circulate hot air. Yes sir, I know."
When the fans don't help, you'll find her sitting in a portable swimming pool outdoors to temporarily beat the heat, "I get in my grandson's swimming pool, a lot of times. It does(help) until you get out."
Her home health care workers even gave her a fan. Tina White and Brittany Dunnam say Whitehead is one of 105 people on a long waiting list hoping to get an air conditioner from the county.
White said, "Saturday when I came over to bring it (fan) they were in the house and it was extremely hot. I don't know how any of them could sit in there."
Dunnam said, "I called Community Action because there's a waiting list and I know Miss. Brenda has a need cause she's one of our clients. I'm sure there's a need in Tippah County."
Whitehead has passed out a number of times and she admits it's been rough on her family, "It is hard on them, but understand sometimes we have to deal with things until we can do better or get help from friends."
She's hoping for a little help from her friends and perhaps strangers as she prays for relief from the heat..
Whitehead said, "But God said he will help."
Whitehead's home heath care workers say anyone who can donate an air conditioning unit to the family should call 662.512.0068 or 662.882.2776.