Fan Drive Launches To Help DFW Residents Without A/C

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FORT WORTH — Summer’s sweltering heat is in full swing, and for most of us, the cooling comfort for air conditioning is something we’re used to.

But for many in the Metroplex, it’s a luxury they simply can’t afford.

“We service so many people that cannot afford to buy fans and they don’t run their air conditioning because of the expense of the bill,” said Stephanie Christopher with the Salvation Army in Ft. Worth.

And that’s led the Salvation Army, in partnership with Westlake Ace Hardware, to launch a Fan Drive.

“We’re collecting fans so that we may be able to give the fans away so that people don’t die in the heat because Texas heat is a killer,” Christopher said.

Saturday marked the kick-off for the fan drive which runs through July 10th. It's already given some the volunteering bug, like Johnna Flenoid, who spent her birthday out here helping raise money for the fans.

“I thought why not help some people get some fans.” said Flenoid, “I’m in an area where I have AC every day and there are people who don’t have it so I really wanted to make sure I could help other people stay cool during the summer.”

If you want to help, you can donate cash or a box fan at any area Westlake Ace Hardware location.

And hey, it’s not just about comfort. These fans might save a life in the scorching Texas summer that’s ahead.