As temperatures promise to heat up Oklahoma City, The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command will hand out box fans to qualified citizens who need relief from the heat.
OG&E donated 200 fans on Tuesday to The Salvation Army for families suffering from Oklahoma’s heat. Fans are requested daily by clients, so donations of new box fans are in high demand.
By providing box fans to needy and qualified senior citizens, families with infants under 6 months old and the disabled and chronically ill, the Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command is hoping to prevent the heat-related deaths that Oklahoma experienced in past years. Many elderly citizens die during the summer months due to heat-related illnesses.
From 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, the Salvation Army’s Social Service office will give free fans to qualified applicants. The program is available to assist seniors and disabled citizens during the hottest summer months to prevent life threatening situations from occurring (i.e., individuals with congestive heart failure who would have difficulty breathing without cool air).
“Heat poses a very real danger to our elderly clients and those with medical issues,” said Ashley Jones, director of Social Services for the Central Oklahoma Area Command. “These box fans literally can mean the difference between staying cool and suffering from extreme heat.”
“We are especially grateful to OG&E for their loyal and generous donations of fans. Without their help, we would be hard-pressed to be able to supply as many fans as we do for those in need,” Jones added.
The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command also provides a cooling station at the Red Shield Kitchen, 330 SW 4th, when the heat index reaches more than 100 degrees.
Donations are needed for the purchase of additional fans. New fans can be donated to The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Social Services office at 501 S. Harvey, or financial donations can be sent to The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command, ATTN: Summer Needs, P.O. Box 2095, Oklahoma City, OK 73101.