Salvation Army gives fans to those in need

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Salvation Army of Kansas and Western Missouri announced on Monday that they were giving away more than 1,000 new box fans to those in need thanks to a fan drive through Westlake Ace Hardware.

Dozens of people stopped by their local Salvation Army on Monday to pick up fans they say they desperately need.

"It`s so hot outside, trying to run the air conditioner it costs so much," said Lezlie Collins, who says she and her children have been suffering in this heat.

"The fire department actually came to my house because we do have a ceiling fan in my daughter’s room and it caught on fire the other day, and so they had to shut the power off to the back of my house," Collins added.

With no air, no fans, and no relief, she contacted the United Way and was told about the Salvation Army program giving out fans to people like herself.

"We had been here before to get one, but they had run out, so when we saw it on the news this morning that they had fans, it was like jump on it," Collins said.

Tim Moore, the emergency assistance case manager for the Salvation Army in Independence, says each Salvation Army has fans for residents in their area, and the process only takes a few minutes.

"We have a lot of people who come in with needs, either their coolants down, or it`s just not working, or even worse they don`t have any sort of air or fans at all," said Moore.

You need a bill for proof of residence and a photo ID. You can get one fan every three years.

"We just ask that you be under the 150 percent of the poverty level, or if you are disabled or on a fixed income," said Moore.

"It`s just unbearably hot, so the fan will help us cool down and keep the kids cool while they`re running through the house," said Collins. "It`s going to help all the way around: financially, healthiness, and just being able to stay cool."

The Salvation Army also has a program for air conditioning. It requires a doctor's letter that an A/C is medically necessary, and there is a limited supply of units.

If you're in need, you can find more information by clicking on the links below:

To find out if you qualify call 816-968-9432.