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Salvation Army Cancels Free Fan Program

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(KCEN) -- Another hot Texas summer is right around the corner, but the Salvation Army "Beat the Heat" effort won't happen this year, making it hard for people to cool off. After years of giving out free boxed fans, Jennifer Moya of the Salvation Army says they are canceling the program because of a lack of funding. "This year it just wasn't possible because of grants and stuff like that," Moya said. "It just wasn't in the budget..."

TXU Energy customers will still get free fans, along with financial assistance paying their electric bills, but other people in need will have a hard time finding a way to escape the weather. Salvation Army customer and donor Deborah Lechler says the situation is sad. "It is very sad cause my dad is 93-years-old, my mother is 82-years-old and they depend on fans, especially over summer," Lechler said.
The non-profit is dealing with a tight budget, especially after last year's Red Kettle fundraising didn't bring in enough money during the Christmas season.
"We would like to ask the community to donate boxed fans...so that others who are in need can also have that assistance," Moya said.

If you would like to donate a fan, visit the Salvation Army for more information.
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