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Major Donna Miller with the Council Bluffs Corps of The Salvation Army speaks about the need for fan and bottled water donations while in The Salvation Army's Charles E. Lakin Human Service Campus offices on Tuesday, July 18, 2017. The organization offers free fans to people who are vulnerable and don't have air conditioning. 

Temperatures aren’t too sweltering right now, but hotter weather is ahead.

With that in mind, The Salvation Army’s Council Bluffs Corps launched its summer fan program on June 1, according to Terry Muckey, spokeswoman for the corps. Requests have come in not only from people without air conditioners but also those who have experienced flooding in their homes or basements, she said.

“I have probably given away 12 fans already,” she said.

The corps still has about 25 fans on hand, Muckey said.

When temperatures reach 90 degrees or higher, fans are critical for people who do not have a working air conditioner in their homes — especially older adults and those with a chronic health condition. The American Red Cross recommends drinking plenty of fluids and avoiding beverages with caffeine or alcohol. If needed, seek refuge in air-conditioned facilities such as libraries, community centers, theaters or retail stores.

Westlake Hardware is holding a fan drive through June 23 for The Salvation Army. People can donate money at the store, at The Salvation Army or online at westlakehardware.com/fandrive.

Muckey has no doubt that local residents will respond.

“Our community is so generous,” she said. “We get up to 100 fans a year from them.”

Fans from the Westlake Hardware drive will be delivered to The Salvation Army in late June, Muckey said. Those who want to donate money or new box fans directly can do so from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at The Salvation Army, 715 N. 16th St.

Those who would like to request a fan should take a photo ID and a utility bill showing their current address, Muckey said.

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