November 27, 2022
Salvation Army of St. Joseph receives 143 donated fans from Westlake Ace Hardware
Salvation Army of St. Joseph receives 143 donated fans from Westlake Ace Hardware
143 box fans from Westlake Ace Hardware that were bought by donated money from customers are loaded into a trailer that will be taken to the St. Joseph Salvation Army, where those who might need a fan can pick one up for free. Photo by Tommy Rezac.

By TOMMY REZAC

St. Joseph Post

The Salvation Army of St. Joseph received a donation of 143 box fans from Westlake Ace Hardware to give to those struggling to beat the heat.

St. Joseph customers donated over $2,100 to the cause to help fellow citizens in need.

“People come to shop and they leave their extra change and give a little money to buy these fans,” said St. Joseph Salvation Army major Ronald Key. “We’ve got 143 fans, which is over $2,000 worth of fans from money that people have donated.”

Key says this fan drive has gone on every summer for the past 6-7 years, thanks to the Salvation Army’s partnership with Westlake Ace Hardware.

He says it’s a great way to help those in need get through the hottest days of the year.

“For a lot of people who come (get the fans), they either don’t have an air conditioner or maybe just have window air,” Key said, “and they just need something to circulate (the air) or can’t afford to turn their air (temperature) down. So, this is a great help and a great way to help people survive the hot summer months.”

The fans were loaded into a trailer at the hardware store on Wednesday morning and taken over to the Salvation Army, where the fans will be available for free on a first-come, first-serve basis to whoever might need them.

“The hot, hot months are coming up,” Key said. “So, we’re able to help people, and we appreciate the generosity of not only Westlake, but also of the people who come in and shop in their stores.”

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