Released 27 June 2013
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Community Relations Director
The Salvation Army Ozark Area Coordination
Office: (417) 862-5509 ext. 116
Cell: (417) 763-1357
EMERGENCY COOLING CENTER OPEN
FAN DONATIONS NEEDED!
Fans needed for local senior citizens, the disabled & low-income residents
Springfield, MO (June 27, 2013) The Salvation Army urges all residents who need shelter from the extreme temperatures to seek shelter at its Emergency Cooling Center - located at 1707 W. Chestnut Expressway.
The Salvation Army's Emergency Cooling Center will remain open throughout the duration of the Heat Advisory, which according to the National Weather Service is scheduled to expire at 8 p.m. this evening.
"As part of our mission & dedication to the local community, The Salvation Army will always open its doors to those who are most in need," Major Norman Grainger, Ozark Area Coordinator, said. "Especially those who are in need of relief from the weather or exposure from the elements."
In addition to the Emergency Cooling Center, residents who are 50 years old or older are encouraged to participate in The Salvation Army's senior citizen program, which takes place Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. A nutritious noon meal is served daily to the programs participants; a $1 donation is requested for the meal, but not required.
"We come here for the fellowship and the friendship," Andy Griffin, a 67-year-old Springfield resident said. "But right now this gives us a chance to get out of the house, and still have protection from the heat."
The Salvation Army is also in need of fans to distribute to local low-income, elderly & disabled residents. This week the organization handed out its last fan and now needs more to give to those who do not have access to air conditioning.
Fans may be dropped off anytime at The Salvation Army's main location - 1707 W. Chestnut Expressway.
This week alone, the organization has received more than 30 requests for fans.
For more information about The Salvation Army or donating fans to those in need please call (417) 862-5509.
To support the year-round local outreach of The Salvation Army Ozark Area Coordination financial contributions can be sent to The Salvation Army, P.O Box 9685 in Springfield MO, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or by visiting http://donate.salvationarmyusa.org - 82¢ of every single dollar goes directly toward programs & services that help local Ozarks residents in need.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, visit www.salvationarmyusa.org.