BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Seniors in Baton Rouge have been surprised with a special gift from Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome.

After continuous high-temperature days, Mayor Broome, the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging, and the Capital Area United Way have collectively donated 50 air conditioning units, thanks to Nucor Steel Louisiana. Additional units are being taken to Council on Aging agencies around Baton Rouge.

“I am deeply committed to the well-being of our community, especially during times of adversity,” said Mayor Broome. “Ensuring the safety and comfort of our senior citizens is of paramount importance to me, and I am immensely grateful to the non-profit organizations and the Capital Area United Way for their unwavering support in making this initiative a reality.”

The heat index for the past few days has been over 100 degrees, which could cause health issues for the elderly.

“The Capital Area United Way is proud to be part of this vital initiative, ensuring that our beloved seniors have access to essential cooling resources during this challenging time,” said Executive Director of United Way, George Bell. “We are immensely grateful to Mayor Broome for her leadership in identifying this need and for working with Capital Area United Way and Nucor Steel Louisiana to secure the necessary funding for this endeavor.”