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9th annual "Beat the Heat" fan drive underway

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Updated:  Before we start seeing triple digits-- there's an effort to make sure all homes can cool off this summer. Family after family dropped off fans at Bergfeld Park on Friday.

One woman didn't hesitate when she heard the call for help. 

"We're givers and when we hear of a need, we like to fill the need," Gloria Wilbers said.

Gloria Wilbers heard about the call for fans over KVNE this week. And with her granddaughter in town today, she seized an opportunity.

 "We need to teach our children to give because they are the next generation coming up. And so if we don't teach them then where are they going to learn? How are they going to know to be the hands and feet of Jesus?" Wilbers said.
The "Beat the Heat" drive started in 2006 to save lives. "East Texas would be almost uninhabitable without air conditioning," Kevin Braley, a salesman with East Texas Refrigeration, said.
East Texas Refrigeration agreed to match up to 100 donations, and did reach its goal today. Chickfila also on hand giving out coupons to people who donated -- and Lowes ofLowe's a discount on fans to people who mentioned the salvation army at the time of purchase. 
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TYLER ( KYTX) - The Salvation Army is having its annual Beat the Heat Fan Drive today (June 6, 2014) from 8 am – PM at Bergfeld Park. Discounted fans may be purchased at Lowe’s and dropped off at The Salvation Army trailer located at the park or at The Salvation Army, 633 N. Broadway Ave.

As temperatures continue to rise in East Texas, those young and old are faced with the concern of finding a place to stay cool. Unfortunately, many are unable to do that in their own homes as they either do not have air conditioning or cannot afford to operate their air conditioners. The Salvation Army is partnering with KVNE/KGLY, Lowes, Chick-FLowe'sand ETR for what hopes to be a successful fan drive.

KVNE/KGLY has been a partner of the Beat the Heat fan drive since its inception in 2006. Their continued support has been invaluable in the success of the fan drive. This year they will be promoting the fan drive on-air and through their website. As their contribution to The Salvation Army, Lowe’s will discount the fans for those who mention The Salvation Army fan drive at the time of purchase. Chick-Fil-A is a year round supporter of The Salvation Army as they donate soup in the winter and assist with this fan drive in the summer. This year they are providing a coupon for each person who donates a fan as well as passing out flyers in their restaurant. East Texas Refrigeration has generously agreed to match fan donations up to 100 fans. In addition they are sending out a direct mail card to the community encouraging their customers to donate a fan.

After the fan drive, fans will be distributed from the Social Service Office of The Salvation Army in Tyler to needy individuals and families. Fans can be donated at this event or any time at The Salvation Army’s offices at 633 N. Broadway Avenue, Tyler, TX. 75702. You can also donate online at https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/texas/tylerbeattheheat.
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