The Edmond Sun

July 1, 2013

Salvation Army, Westlake team up for Fan Club drive July 1-14


Special to The Sun

OKLA. CITY — Westlake Ace Hardware is teaming up with The Salvation Army to help fill a pressing need for fans this summer. The local hardware store has recently donated 150 fans to kick off “The Salvation Army Fan Club” in Oklahoma City.

Westlake is also providing Oklahoma City residents an easy way to make their own donation and be a member of the fan club. During the first two weeks of July, customers can stop by any of the Oklahoma City area Westlake locations and purchase a box fan at a discounted price. Westlake will then deliver the fans to the Salvation Army in bulk in mid-July when the demand for fans is typically highest.

“Heat poses a very real danger to our elderly clients, families with young children and those with disabilities,” said Jeanean Castle, director of development for the Central Oklahoma Area Command of The Salvation Army. “These box fans are critical to keeping those without air conditioning or limiting usage for financial reasons, comfortable and safe during the hot summer months.”

Customers are invited to stop by any Oklahoma City area Westlake location July 1-14 where they can easily purchase a fan for their donation, said Michael Singleton, general manager of the Westlake at 11801 S. Western. “From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 13 we will thank customers with special festivities including cookies and refreshments at the Westlake on South Western.”

The Salvation Army provides box fans to qualified senior citizens age 62 and older, families with children and the disabled with chronic illnesses. For more information about eligibility or to receive a fan, contact The Salvation Army, Central Oklahoma Area Command, Social Services Office at 246-1060.