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Operation Cool Breeze
How to receive assistance:
•Call the Salvation Army at 260-744-2311 to ask about availability.
•The program requires a note from a doctor stating that your medical condition requires a fan or air conditioner.
•An application and interview with a staff member is required.
•If you received this assistance last year, you will not be eligible this year.
Swikar Patel | The Journal Gazette
The Salvation Army on Clinton Street has free box fans available for eligible people.

If heat risks your health, pick up a free box fan

Despite the heat wave, the Salvation Army’s Cool Breeze program still has fans.

Cool Breeze was started about 10 years ago. People who get a doctor’s note saying they have a medical condition that can be aggravated by heat can obtain a free box fan.

“We’ve gotten lots of calls, but I’m not sure we’ve given away all we have,” said Maj. Harold Poff of the local Salvation Army, which runs the program out of its downtown building at 2901 N. Clinton St.

Electric fans are generally inexpensive, but, Poff said, “People with medical conditions may not have $10 or the means to get to a store.”

The program doesn’t need much promotion, because people who need it generally find out about it.

But people who might not know about the program are the ones who can help keep it going: by donating fans, functioning window air conditioners or cash, Poff said.

People can donate fans or window air conditioners or make a tax-deductible cash donation to Cool Breeze at 2901 N. Clinton St. from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. The building can also be reached from Eastbrook Drive.

Donations of fans can also be dropped off at any Walgreens.

Source: Salvation Army