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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Texas heat in the summer time can be down right brutal.

But for Willie Burton–it’s extremely unbearable because he has no air conditioning at his home.

“I just been making out the best I can,” Burton said.

Burton lives on a fixed income so he called around to various organizations seeking help.

“I called the lady, she says, ‘we only give it to elderly people’. I said how old do you have to be? I’ll be 76 November 20th.”

But finally one of his phone calls paid off.

Dallas County Health and Human Services has a program that donates air conditioning units to people in need.

The health department partnered with the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity to deliver the units Satuday morning– providing some much needed relief to families struggling this summer.

“I wasn’t expecting anyone to come out. I really do appreciate yall coming out helping me,” Burton said upon getting the help.

Melvin Barnes is a member of the fraternity and volunteered his time.

“Sometimes people can’t change their condition- so we are conditioned to make a change so you see us out here this morning just trying to make a difference in the community,” Barnes said.

75 air conditioning units were installed in June– dozens more are being rolled out this month.

“It feels great,” said fraternity member Theo Ammons. “The first home we walked into, the lady was sweating already at 9am in the morning but before we left, the house had already started cooling.”

Most of the families are using floor fans to try and keep cool–but they aren’t very effective– especially in triple digit heat.

High temperatures can be dangerous even deadly, particularly for the very young and elderly–which is why Willie Burton says he’s thankful for his cool blessing.

“I really appreciate it very much. Maybe the lord is on my side.”

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