As temperatures scorch the state, countless needy and elderly Oklahomans suffer in their homes due to a lack of cool air.
The Bricktown Rotary Club is teaming up with KFOR and Rococo’s, 2824 N. Pennsylvania, to make sure Oklahomans in need don’t suffer in the heat. The group is hosting a Box Fan Drive, from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1, at the restaurant. Collected fans and monetary donations will benefit The Salvation Army Central Area Command.
“These are the hottest temperatures we’ve seen in decades. We could not sit back without doing something to help those most in need,” said Bill Hickman, president of the Bricktown Rotary Club. “By joining with KFOR, Rococo’s and The Salvation Army, we can have a little fun while helping Oklahomans in a big way.”
During the Box Fan Drive, individuals who bring a new box fan or a $15 donation will be treated to Rococo’s cookies from the appetizer menu. Tips given to celebrity wait staff will also benefit The Salvation Army.
“We want people to bring a fan for someone in need, kick back and have a good time,” said Don Duncan, Rococo’s chef.
By providing box fans to needy and qualified senior citizens, families with infants under 6 months of age and the disabled and chronically ill, The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command hopes to prevent the heat-related deaths that Oklahoma experienced in past years. The goal is to hand out 1,000 fans this summer.
“These fans will make an important difference to those elderly and disabled in our community who are suffering in the heat,” said Major Dan Proctor, Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Commander.
“Already, we’ve seen the heat claim lives in Oklahoma, and the generous donations of box fans means relief to our most fragile citizens.”