Hundreds of fans given away through Evergy and Salvation Army

Published: Jun. 27, 2022 at 10:26 AM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - As part of an effort to help people without access to air-conditioning this summer, The Salvation Army and Evergy ame together to donate 300 fans to Topekans. Volunteers started handing them out fans at 9:00 am, Tuesday, June 28 and within the first hour, they say about 200 were gone.

Evergy’s contribution is part of 2,600 fans which will be distributed throughout all the communities it serves. The fans were distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis and each household was eligible for one fan. Proof of address and identification were required.

Fans help relieve sweltering summer heat, but some days finding an air-conditioned space is the safest option. Stay aware of heat safety tips and signs of heat illness:

• Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.

• Take frequent breaks if working outdoors.

• Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.

• Check on animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat. Ensure they have water and a shady place to rest.

• Eat small meals and eat more often.

• Avoid extreme temperature changes.

• Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.

Volunteers started handing them out at nine this morning --- within the first hour, they say about 200 were gone - and the rest were claimed by noon...

Shawnee County Residents who provided proper ID and proof of address could get one fan for their family.

If you missed today, the Salvation Army said it expects another donation in mid-July.

The Topeka Salvation Army is located on 1320 SE 6th Street.

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