Salvation Army reviving summer fan drive after 10 years

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Published: Jul. 17, 2021 at 5:32 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - As the heat and humidity continues in the ArkLaTex, the Salvation Army is reviving it’s fan drive program after 10 years.

“Because we serve senior every day, we recognize the need for these fans,” Jamal Ellis, a captain with the Salvation Army said. “The need has gone up. People’s ability to go out and get something as simple as a fan has gone down.”

On Saturday, July 17, the sisters of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority donated 57 fans to the Salvation Army after seeing the need in the community.

Marci Collins, president of the chapter, says they quickly leapt into action.

“I was just sharing with some of my sisters that I remember being at my grandmother’s house and she had a fan. So if that’s all it takes to help someone get through the summer, what a blessing,” Collins said.

Tiffany Jones is a social services case manager with the Salvation Army. She spearheaded bringing the fan drive back and has already delivered some of the donated fans this past week.

“It was a joy,” Jones said. “You really can’t describe how it feels to help someone. It gives you a warmth in your heart and the look on their face after the receive it is a lot. I appreciate the donations. I cannot say thank you enough to them.”

For those who need a fan or are looking to donate a fan, you can call the Salvation Army at (318) 424-3200 and ask to speak to Tiffany Jones.

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