Fans 4 Oklahomans: Here’s how you can help

UPDATE 6/20/17 - OG&E is pitching in 175 new boxed fans to help with our Fans 4 Oklahomans campaign.

Our In Your Corner team was there this afternoon when the shipment arrived at The Salvation Army's downtown headquarters.

“We want to make sure people are comfortable in their homes and aren't being faced with really high electric bills," OG&E spokesperson Kathleen O'Shea said.

If they have an AC, many of them won't use it during the summer months, because they can't afford to pay the higher utility bills. 

Others flat-out don't have an AC unit.

Salvation Army Lt. Kyle Madison said, “For these families if they don't have air conditioning in this heat reaching 90 plus degrees it's a real game changer.”

Remember lots of these people are older, or sick, or have lots of mouths to feed at home.

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

“That’s one our missions to feed the needs of people physically and spiritually,” Lt. said. “This keeps people cool so having a large donation like this will push other people to donate when they see the kindness of others.”

For some, especially our seniors and the disabled, one of these could mean the difference between life and death. 

Donating is super easy.

You can drop off a new fan at the Salvation Army's Center of Hope at 1001 N. Pennsylvania during normal business hours.

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

 

OKLAHOMA CITY - Our In Your Corner team and the Salvation Army are rolling out their "Fans 4 Oklahomans" campaign again.

This thing keeps growing.

Because of you, last year we were able to collect and hand out over 1600 fans to Oklahoma families in need. 

The summer temps are fast approaching.

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.

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

We already surprised Sandra Estrada with her new fan.

53 and disabled, she lives with her granddaughter and toddler great-grandchildren in a small home.

They have one window unit for the entire house, so during the summer months Sandra sleeps on the couch, because her bedroom gets way too hot!

“The heat really changes a lot with how you think,” she said. “You get frustrated. You want to be emotional and stuff, but we have to try to be strong for the kids, so they don't know the difference.”

Keeping the one and two year old cool can be a tall task.

Sandra rotates ice packs and water guns she puts in the refrigerator.

Dee Watts, the Salvation Army, and the In Your Corner team are ensuring help is on the way.

“It is so very important the fact that people have medical conditions or heart or lung or taking certain medications, they cannot be hot, so that one fan will make the difference a lot of times between life and death,” she said.

Last year due to a fan shortage the Salvation Army was forced to send families away empty-handed. 

“It was heartbreaking,” Dee said. “We had to tell them we didn't have anymore, no more available.”

We can't let that happen again.

Dot Dillon and her kids are counting on us! 

Dot is a Navy Veteran and regular at the Salvation Army's food pantry.

She has congestive heart failure and suffers from other medical conditions, so you can imagine the heat can be unforgiving on her body.

“It's really hard,” she said. “I have flare ups and I hurt all over.”

With your help we can give the gift of cool air to thousands of families.

We also get to remind them that they are never alone and someone does care.

We'll continue to collect fans through the summer.

Again, donating is easy.

You can drop off a new fan at the Salvation Army's Center of Hope at 1001 N. Pennsylvania during normal business hours.

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