Salvation Army seeks cooling summer fans

With temperatures hovering in the 90s again this week, the Salvation Army has been swamped with requests for more fans it doesn't have.

"We still have two months of summer to go, and we can use as many fans as we can get," Development Director Jackie Agee said. "If we don't use them all, we'll store them and save them for next year."

Since the Fan Drive began on June 6, the Salvation Army has received 70 donated fans and enough money to purchase another 32, a news release said.

"The number of fans we gave away last Friday is almost as many as we gave away last year," Agee said. "We could use another 100 fans, at least."

Through July 5, the organization provided 115 fans to senior citizens, disabled people and others at risk for heat-related illnesses. It was just 11 fewer fans than were given away last summer, a Salvation Army news release said.

Mike Petrucelli, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Medford, said temperatures will reach 98 degrees today and the mid 90s on Wednesday and Thursday, with overnight lows in the high 50s to low 60s. It won't be as hot as last week, when temperatures reached 102, he said.

"The heat is a big problem for people with asthma, diabetes and circulation problems," Agee said. "Infants are also prone to heat-related health risks."

Agee said that one woman who lives in an unsafe neighborhood was especially thankful for her fan.

"She kept her windows closed, and as a result, suffered from breathing problems," she said.

Donations of new or used fans can be dropped off at the organization's thrift store, 922 N. Central Ave., Medford, or at the church office, 304 Beatty St., Medford. Monetary donations can be mailed to the Salvation Army at P.O. Box 757, Medford, 97501.

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