Salvation Army in need of fans, water to help people in need beat the heat
The Salvation Army is in need of water bottles, food and monetary donations to help those in need beat the heat.
When it's hot outside, Salvation Army caseworkers usually give out free box fans and water to low-income individuals and families. This year, however, they are almost out of fans.
“As the temperature rises, so does the need,” Major Mark Smith, Area Commander of The Salvation Army, said. “We need your help to provide assistance and relief from this heat.”
The Day Center is also open at the Salvation Army to help the homeless. They are also providing water at a hydration station outside.
“Overwhelmingly, the most requests The Salvation Army receives in the summer time are requests for relief from the hot temperatures,” Major Smith added. “To meet these needs, The Salvation Army asks for new box fans and monetary support to provide utility assistance for low-income families.”
People interested in sending in monetary gifts to help cover box fans and assist with utility bills can mail in a donation to 822 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37403 or 437 Inman Street, Cleveland, TN, 37311. Make sure to mark the envelope "Beat the Heat."
Box fans can also be donated at both locations too.
If you prefer to donate online, visit the Salvation Army's website. You can also call 1-800-SAL-ARMY to give.
"If you or someone you know is in need of a fan, please call 423-305-6200," a Salvation Army spokesperson explained. Those in need of a cool drink of water may visit our hydration station located at 800 McCallie Avenue. Passersby will be able to quench their thirst from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. every day that the temperature exceeds 90 degrees."
For more information about the Salvation Army, visit their website and follow them on social media.