Sally holding fan drive

Temperatures are rising and the Salvation Army is asking for the community’s help. Each year, the Salvation Army holds a fan drive in the summer and a heater drive in the winter with hopes of helping area residents keep cool and stay warm. The time has come to transition and gather fans for the upcoming summer months. “We have been doing this for at least 10 years and we continue to do it because there is always a need,” Social Services Director Bessie Flores said. The Salvation Army asks for people to donate new or used fans in working condition or monetary donations. The help offered through the program is dependent upon the donations received.“There have been times we have had to turn people away because we didn’t have enough fans or money,” Flores said.According to Flores, the program usually is able to help between 10 and 20 people. At this time, the Salvation Army has no fans or monetary donations to provide fans if a need should arise.“The donations are what we work on. It is a great way to give back to the community,” Flores said. “We ask that people think what if it was one of their family members sitting in a hot house with no way to cool off, what would they want?”To make a donation, stop by the Salvation Army office at 811 W. Fifth St. between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 267-8239Contact Staff Writer Amanda Moreno at 263-7331 ext. 234 or by e-mail at