Lawton_Now that the triple-digit weather has hit Texoma hard, the Lawton's Salvation Army Fans for Friends program is in demand. With the late start to hot weather, just 33 fans had been given out by mid-July. But with it settling in to stay for a while, they are expecting to give out many more.
Larry Pearson says if it were not for the free fan he got from the Salvation Army, he'd have a hard time staying cool. "Because it's so hot - it was 104 degrees."
And Salvation Army Captain John Murphy says the danger is very real. "It's always sad to hear in the community where someone has passed away because they got too hot in their house." That's why the Fans for Friends program is so important. They need more donations, too. "Now's the time when people need to start bringing in the fans, or we'll probably run out next week. It's getting pretty short on supply."
Those who don't have air conditioners can come and get a fan. "We do need a picture ID, a social security card for those in the household, and a rent receipt showing that they do live in our service area."
If you donate a fan, make sure it is new so there is no risk of electrical problems. Murphy says it can save a life. "A fan does make a huge difference, and in some cases, it can be the difference between life and death for someone who's just sitting in their house."
The Salvation Army is open weekdays 9 a.m. until noon and 1 until 3 p.m.