SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – With summer on its way, temperatures will be on the rise and The Salvation Army needs help restocking its supply of fans to help those in need to stay cool in the scorching heat. The drive has less than a week left.

Westlake Ace Hardware, 2350 S. Campbell Ave, is hosting a fan drive that will last until June 19th to benefit The Salvation Army. This is the tenth year Westlake Ace Hardware has hosted the fan drive.

Donations can be made at the store’s register, Westlake then takes that money to purchase fans at cost, which the store then donates to the Salvation Army to give to people who don’t have air conditioning.

“AC is a blessing. A lot of people don’t have AC,” said Jeff Smith, the Community Development Manager with the Salvation Army. “Imagine yesterday or the day before with the heat index like it was. We can go step inside in the AC and cool off. Imagine not having AC or even a fan.”

Smith said the organization is getting about 20 calls a week asking for fans, and that staying cool is especially important for children, the elderly, and those with other health concerns.

You may also donate to the fan drive online by visiting: https://westlakehardware.com/fan-drive/

The Salvation Army facilities in Springfield and Branson are open when temperatures rise to serve as cooling centers:

Springfield Corps Community Center | 1701 W. Chestnut Expressway | 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. M-F

Branson Community Center | 1114 Stanley Street | 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. M-F