Need for fans will rise with mercury

Salvation Army officials hope the recent cooling trend won't create a chilly response to their annual summer fan drive.

Temperatures aren't likely to stay in the balmy range all summer long, said Bill Yeager, the agency's social services director.

And when things start to warm up, needy residents with heat-related health risks are going to need cooling down, he added.

Every summer the Salvation Army in Medford asks for help from the community in providing fans to senior citizens, disabled individuals, those with chronic illnesses and families with infants by holding a fan drive, he said.

"We've been very fortunate with the weather this summer as far as heat goes," said Yeager. "We always get better results if we have hot weather during the fan drive. But we know if we don't do something now, these folks are going to have a problem when the summer heat really hits."

This year's fan drive kicks off June 30 at all Jackson County Bi-Mart stores. Those wishing to donate can drop off a new or used fan from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. that day. In addition, Bi-Mart will offer a wide variety of fans that may be purchased during the one-day event, said Yeager.

"Last year we collected 114 fans," he said.

Yeager said beginning July 1, donated fans may be dropped off at one of the Salvation Army's three thrift stores: 922 N. Central Ave., Medford; 4149 S. Pacific Highway, Phoenix; or 2400 Antelope Road, White City.

Donations also may be dropped off at the Salvation Army office at 304 Beatty St., Medford. For more information, call 773-6965.

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