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Salvation Army's Fan Supply Varies as Temperature Rises

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — The hottest day of the year had the Salvation Army open its doors as a cooling station and handed out fans to those in need.

Kim Hartmann says his Cedar Rapids apartment doesn’t have air conditioning, so he spent today riding city buses in order to escape the heat.

Then he ended up at the Salvation Army.

“They said there was a cooling center, so I thought I’d just stay here for a while,” Hartmann said. “Until I have to go back to the heated apartment. It’s like a sauna in there.”

According to director of communications Lia Pontarelli, the organization still has 40 fans to give away from their fan drive.

“This summer so far, we’ve given away about 160 fans, from the fans we’ve had donated this year and the ones left over from last year,” Pontarelli said. “So we’ve got a few but now that it’s getting a little warmer we’re expecting those calls to increase.”

Pontarelli says they will continue to distribute fans until supplies run out.

However, the Salvation Army in Waterloo and Cedar Falls says it’s in desperate need of fans to give away. Tuesday the organization asked for donations of fans or money to its center at 89 Franklin Street in Waterloo.

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