Atheists in Mississippi Want to Help Local Families ‘Beat the Heat’

Last summer, I asked readers to help atheists in northeast Mississippi “beat the heat” by donating money so they could buy air conditioners for people in the region:

Because we believe in social justice and we know that no gods are going to solve this problem, we humanists are ready to do something about it! We want to raise as much money as possible to buy air conditioners for these families so they will not needlessly suffer through this incredibly harsh summer. Even a small window unit will make a big difference — especially for those people who have allergies, breathing disorders, or are at high-risk for dehydration. And the best part is that this air conditioner unit will give a family several years of relief. The small investment you make now will pay out immediate and long-term benefits.

You all came through in spectacular fashion, raising over $800, enough for several air conditioning units and then some:

Now, the newly-formed Northeast Mississippi Secular Humanist Association wants to do even more. They want to purchase air conditioners for 10 families, including one with special needs:

This year we will add a very special out-of-state family to our wish list. This family needs a portable unit to meet the needs of their young son. Portable units are more expensive than the small window units we provided last year but the unit we’d like to donate will serve as additional cooling and heating for them throughout the year. In addition, the portable unit will be able to go where their young son is instead of confining the family to a single room.

It’s a worthy cause and you’d be helping families who really need it. If you can help out, click on the “Beat the Heat” Donate button on this page!

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • randomfactor

    Donated, cited Friendly Atheist as referring blog

  • FreeAtLast

    Donated, and also cited FriendlyAtheist.com as referring blog. Thanks for the idea, randomfactor. :)

  • DeepFriedFT

    Thank you once again Hemant for helping us get the word out.

    And a special “Thank You” to everyone who donates and spreads the word about our “Beat the Heat” Fundraiser.

  • eonL5

    However, we should consider the cost of running the air conditioners for families living in poverty. An air conditioner can double your electric bill, at least in my neck of the woods.

    • randomfactor

      True. AC would double mine, all the way to $120 per month, if I ran it less carefully. But I live where there’s a DRY heat.

    • enuma

      AC doubles my bill, but I have central air. The nice thing about window units is that you don’t have to pay to cool your entire house. That makes it easier to budget your energy expenditures.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    They can only offer a temporary respite from the heat, because it gets might hot in Hell.

    • randomfactor

      Hell’s full of engineers and scientists. They’ve got WONDERFUL air conditioning by now. Satan would be upset, but he’s busy defending himself against a million lawsuits without a single lawyer on HIS side of the issue.

  • kielc

    Wanted to donate, but when I clicked on the link, some bullshit survey notice came up, and I couldn’t do anything but force quit my browser.


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