Hundreds of fans donated this summer for “Fans for Oklahomans”

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OKLAHOMA CITY – As the summer heat goes into full swing, many Oklahomans are trying to find ways to stay cool.

NewsChannel 4 is teaming up with the Salvation Army for its annual “Fans 4 Oklahomans” campaign.

Organizers are asking for donations of fans, which will then be given to families in need.

We’ll be accepting donations through the summer.

Organizers say fans and cash donations continue to pour in from generous Oklahomans.

Westlake Ace Hardware and its customers donated nearly 440 fans to the Salvation Army, helping low-income seniors like Bobby Vann.

She has high blood pressure and doesn’t have air conditioning, so a new fan will go a long way.

“Like you go in your house and you don’t have the air on or don’t have air and open up that [door and the ] heat just hits you in the face,” she said. “That’s bad.”

No one should live without cool air this summer.

Last month, the Salvation Army gave away 250 fans, according to Jessica Smith, the director of social services.

“The index goes up and so does the need for fans and cool air,” she said.

Bobbie Vann isn’t taking the cool air for granted, and even has a little pep in her step now.

“I was always taught keep your head high and keep a smile on your face,” she said.

You can drop off a fan or cash to purchase one at the Salvation Army, located at 1001 N. Pennsylvania.

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