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Fans 4 Oklahomans: Here’s how you can help

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Update 7/6/16 – We are out of fans!

All summer long we’ve been collecting new fans for needy families, but they’re flying off the shelves.

The Salvation Army can’t keep up with the demand!

They’re having to turn away families, because they don’t have any more fans to give families. 

If you would like to help, you can drop off a new fan at the Salvation Army’s Center of Hope at 1001 N. Pennsylvania during normal business hours.

You’ll also be able to donate a new fan at our Fifth Annual KFOR-TV Fan Drive.
Monday, July 18th
4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Rococo’s Restaurant and Wine Bar
Corner of N. Penn and 28th St.

If you’re in need of cool air, contact the Salvation Army to see if you qualify for a new fan.

 

Update 6/21/16 – Tuesday the In Your Corner team hauled and delivered another 20 fans to the Salvation Army and that wasn’t even the largest donation of the day.

The crew from the Siloam Rainbow Girls spent the past 3 months collecting 50 fans.

The youth service club and its President, Addie Smith, took on the service project and never looked back.

“It’s really hot in Oklahoma and some people can’t afford fans, so why not do this,” Addie said.

We’re shooting for the stars and plan to collect and give out more than 1200 fans this year, but we need your help.

If you would like to help, you can drop off a new fan at the Salvation Army’s Center of Hope at 1001 N. Pennsylvania during normal business hours.

You’ll also be able to donate a new fan at our Fifth Annual KFOR-TV Fan Drive.
Monday, July 18th
4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Rococo’s Restaurant and Wine Bar
Corner of N. Penn and 28th St.

If you’re in need of cool air, contact the Salvation Army to see if you qualify for a new fan.

Update 6/14/16

OKLAHOMA CITY- Donations are starting to pour in to our Fans 4 Oklahomans campaign benefiting the Salvation Army.

Tuesday morning it was OG&E doing the heavy lifting, helping us roll out our kick-off week with a large fan donation.  

“This is our 10th year doing this fan donation,” said Kathleen O’Shea, OG&E spokesperson. “We're really happy to do it and help out in Oklahoma City, those who need some relief from the heat.”

The fans will go to families like the Parkers.

Mom Peggy has had two kidney transplants.

She and her husband both work and keep taking in more kids to care for.  

“Utility, bills, mortgage [and] rent, car payment, insurance, so it's a lot,” Peggy said. “When you get low on food you wonder where you're going to get food from.”

During the summer months our brutal heat can really take a toll on these families.

Many don't have a working AC or can't afford to pay their high energy bill!

“Walk in the house and be cool, we don't think about that, but for some that's not their reality today,” said Major Carlyle Gargis, Salvation Army Area Commander. “Their reality is they're walking into a house that's probably hotter inside than it is outside.”

Our goal with these fans is to get the air moving inside their homes.

For some, especially our seniors and the disabled, a simple fan could mean the difference between life and death.

Save a life by donating a fan.

If you would like to help, you can drop off a new fan at the Salvation Army's Center of Hope at 1001 N. Pennsylvania during normal business hours.

You'll also be able to donate a new fan at our Fifth Annual KFOR-TV Fan Drive.
Monday, July 18th
4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Rococo’s Restaurant and Wine Bar
Corner of N. Penn and 28th St.

If you're in need of cool air, contact the Salvation Army to see if you qualify for a new fan.

 

 

06/10/2016

OKLAHOMA CITY - The In your Corner team is kicking off its annual Fans 4 Oklahomans campaign this week.

We're once again partnering with the Salvation Army, OG&E and Westlake ACE to surprise families with new fans.

One thing hasn't changed over the years- people are hurting.

Many Oklahomans are forced to choose between putting food on the table and keeping their family cool.

We can't make all of their problems go away, but we can give them cool air.

One of the best parts about our job is getting to surprise families with new fans and window AC units each year.

Delma Boone was so grateful for his new fan.

“This is like I just won the million dollar lottery. Money don't mean nothing to me,” he said. “I can't take it when I'm gone. I can't take this with me, but it sure gonna be cool from now on.”

No one should go without cool air this summer.

New donations are already rolling in.

The more fans the Salvation Army and its area commander, Major Carlyle Gargis, receive, the more families they get to help.

“My goal this year, I would love for us to hit 1,200 fans,” he said. “I would hope we can even exceed it this year.”

You too can give the gift of cool air to a neighbor in need by dropping off a fan or cash to purchase one at the Salvation Army located at 1001 N. Pennsylvania.

We’ll be accepting donations through the summer.