Air Conditioner Request Update

Jonas Amerson is all smiles a day after talking with WTOK about his struggle to beat the heat. He first sought assistance from Multi-County Community Service agency last spring. His request was for an air conditioner. At the time the 69-year-old retiree, who lives alone, says his air conditioner had stopped working. Since then he had been using three fans and his porch to keep cool. However, after doing an interview with us Thursday morning, he says MCCSA officials contacted him to pick up a unit.

'Oh, I feel blessed! I feel real blessed. I'm not looking for a hand out. I try to work. I try to do something.'

Just before dark Thursday, Amerson says officials from the store Lowe's showed up at his house with another donated air conditioner.

'I said double for my trouble. .It's a double blessing for my trouble!.'

A day after Jonas Amerson's story first aired, Multi-County Community Service Agency is closed to the public for a staff development day. However, officials were able to tell us via phone that the agency's mission is to serve the needs of people in need. They say air conditioners are not stockpiled at the agency's office. Instead, they are ordered according to need. MCCSA officials say these orders are only placed after their staff members visit the houses where the people requesting the air conditioners live.

Last year MCCSA issued 92 air conditioners to residents within its nine county coverage area. So far this year, more than 100 have been issued in Lauderdale County alone. As of Thursday, there were 84 names on the waiting list for an air conditioner. Perhaps with the new development involving Mr. Amerson, that number has now dropped to 83.

'I really do appreciate it and it shows that we have love in Meridian, Mississippi. All people don't hate, but it's love.'

The counties that MCCSA serves are: Lauderdale, Clarke, Newton, Neshoba, Kemper, Leake, Scott, Smith and Jasper.


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  • by Rebe Location: Philadelphia on Jul 7, 2012 at 11:06 AM
    I knew it. Please put me on, and interview me. I need some work done on the outside of my house, and I can't afford it.....
  • by Derrell on Jul 7, 2012 at 08:40 AM
    He sure smiles a lot,,kinda reminders me of the song ,,,Smiling faces
  • by Randy on Jul 7, 2012 at 07:38 AM
    I like that smile,,,,Smiling faces,,,
  • by SMH Location: Union on Jul 7, 2012 at 04:52 AM
    He can't afford an air conditioner, yet he has a GOLD tooth! Really?
  • by too funny Location: Meridian on Jul 6, 2012 at 07:08 PM
    You are exactly what is wrong with this country today! LAZY! I had to buy my own air conditioner, and I am 65 years old. However, I am a caucasian1
  • by John on Jul 6, 2012 at 06:24 PM
    Now he has ac, his power bill will be way to much for him to pay and he will want someone to pay it. It will not stop, kind of like when you feed a cat and it wont go away. Now he has help he will not stop, whats next a new house and car...
  • by Randy on Jul 6, 2012 at 04:14 PM
    He could have sold his gold tooth
  • by southerngentlemen on Jul 6, 2012 at 03:10 PM
    So, he wasnt looking for a handout? The multiple stories here seemed to say different. Must be nice.
  • by Well... on Jul 6, 2012 at 02:55 PM
    Although I am glad he got his AC, now WTOK may as well as set up a line outside their studios for other people who think that by getting on the news they can get an air conditioner too.
  • by Working man on Jul 6, 2012 at 02:42 PM
    This is why America is going down the drain .. People like this sucking the American dream dry!!! Go work and contribute to the country !
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