Each summer, local agencies provide fans to help those in need beat the heat.
But the Salvation Army in Fremont is out of fans — and is accepting donations.
Capt. Stephen Hansen said the local Salvation Army typically gives out between 25 and 30 fans a year.
“By the end of the summer, we run out of funding and fans. They go quickly,” he said.
The Salvation Army is welcoming donations of fans or monetary donations to purchase them.
It is seeking new or gently used, 20-inch box fans, which work in a variety of places. It also will take new air conditioning units.
Hansen said many lower income people in the community can’t afford to run their air conditioners or don’t have them in their homes or apartments.
Those in need can include older people, folks with a medical condition and families with children.
Hansen said one man, whose air conditioning had broken, came in for a fan last week.
“He asked for a fan so he could stay cool until he could get it fixed,” Hansen said.
The Salvation Army was able to give the man a fan.
Hansen added that the Salvation Army prefers new fans, but gently used fans can be helpful as well.
“We’ve actually given out one used fan already this year,” he said.
Area residents may bring fans or monetary donations to the Salvation Army during its business hours of 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. weekdays at 707 N. I St., Fremont — or mail a check to that address.
Those needing a fan must bring identification and proof of residence in Dodge or Burt counties, which the local Salvation Army serves.
Residents also may come to the Salvation Army to cool off during its business hours.
“We’ve got water that people have donated so we’ve got bottles of water,” he said.
The Low Income Ministry of Dodge County at 549 N. H St., in Fremont also is providing fans.
“We are distributing fans to those that meet income guidelines and do not have air conditioning,” said Lyndsay Osborn, executive director.
The LIM is not seeking donations of fans or monetary contributions for them.