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LAWTON, Okla._It's officially summer and that means we will be seeing some scorching days to come in southwest Oklahoma.

For many, that means staying inside air-conditioned homes to beat the heat, but some in our area don't have that option. They can't afford an air conditioner, and some don't even have fans.

For families who don't have air conditioning in their homes, it can be hotter inside than it is outside. So the Salvation Army wants to make sure that's not the case for any family in our community. Last summer they were able to give out more than one hundred fans to families in need, but Lieutenant Israel Roseno says they still had to turn a lot of people away.

"We want to be able to meet that need. So it's heartbreaking for us if a family comes and we have to say, ‘we just don't have the supply for you right now.’ It's not a pleasant feeling and we don't like turning anybody away," said Lt. Roseno.

But since they are a non-profit and rely on donations, they do they best they can with the resources they have.

"We've already had people calling for them. I think we had ten in stock here and we already gave some of those away," said Lt. Roseno.

So it's evident that there is a need. Roseno says the summer season means kids are home a lot more which can be a joy for parents but...

"We don't want any kids to be exposed to heat or high temperatures at home. So want to make sure that we can preference to those families that have kids or maybe elderly families. We want to make sure they are taken care to the best of our abilities," explained Lt. Roseno.

Roseno says last summer it seemed like the fans were being given out as quickly as they were coming in.

"Don't donate a fan to a needy family that you would not use yourself. So if the person can donate new fans that's better, but if not bring some that are in good condition," said Lt. Roseno.

As always, donations are tax-deductible. If you don't want to buy a fan, they will also take cash donations. Roseno says hopefully this year the fans will last a little longer so they can help more people.

If you have a fan you want to donate or you are in need of a fan, you can go to the Salvation Army at 1306 southwest "E" Avenue, Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to noon.

The Salvation Army will also be opening up a cooling station again this summer in their church building on days when temperatures are in the hundreds.

 

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