Released 24 June 2010
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Knoxville, TN - With unusually warm temperatures
the official start of summer, The Salvation Army is doing what it can to help
low-income families beat the heat this year. The
organization announced its “Beat the Heat” campaign to collect new
and used fans for needy families in the Knoxville area.
“It’s been an unusually warm start to the
and it’s not likely to cool down for a while” said Knoxville Area
Major Don Vick. “There are still many
people in our community that live without air conditioning, so this program
will help meet a real need.”
The organization is calling for donations of new
or used fans or money to purchase fans. The fans will be
distributed to area residents in need of help in
beating the summer heat, with a focus on senior citizens and families with
Area Wal-Mart stores have joined in to jumpstart
the campaign. “We love working with The
Salvation Army,” said Charlotte Boyd, Market Human Resource Manager for
Wal-Mart. “We think it’s a great idea and we want to do what we can
to help.” Each
Wal-Mart store in the Knoxville area is contributing $200 worth of
fans toward the campaign. The stores are offering a Galaxy
box fan for around $15.
Donations of new or used fans may be made at the
· The Salvation Army, 409 N. Broadway, Monday through
the hours of 8:30 and 4:30 or at any Salvation Army Family Store.
· Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church (9132 Kingston Pike)
through Friday between 8:30 and 5:00.
· Central Baptist Church of Bearden (6300 Deane Hill Dr.)
Monday through Friday between 8:30 and 4:30.
For more information or to apply for assistance with a fan,
please call The Salvation Army at 525-9401.
About The Salvation Army
Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church
established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without
discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million
Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the
broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the
hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to
the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for
underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out
those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.