Their “Beat the Heat” campaign has kicked off with a goal to provide fans and air conditioning units to assist with combating the sizzling summer temperatures.
With many more hot days ahead, the Salvation Army is asking those who can to donate a new fan or cooling unit.
According to Salvation Army Sergeant and Core Director Ruthie Forgey, the summer can be a long season for those with no way to keep cool. Already, Salvation Army case workers have distributed many fans but need more to serve the large number of families seeking relief.
Forgey said the need for cooling assistance will continue as the heat engulfs the area with many more hot days to come.
“We need assistance from the generous and big-hearted public to help make the ‘Beat the Heat’ campaign a success,” Forgey said.
Maj. Jim Lawrence, Area Commander, said, “The Salvation Army has always relied on the generosity of local residents to help us do our work, and we are making a plea at this time for support.”
Those who can purchase a $10 to $20 fan on their next shopping trip would help the initiative succeed with the goal to provide cooling assistance. Anyone who can make a monetary donation to the campaign can be assured the funds will be used to serve the most needy first — those with health conditions, small children and senior citizens.
Working fans, air conditioners and monetary gifts can be dropped off at The Salvation Army’s location at 699 17th St. Gifts can also be given online at www.csarmy.org.
Those in need of fans can apply for assistance at The Salvation Army’s office by calling 339-2907.