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      The Salvation Army aims to keep the community cool

      The Salvation Army is encouraging people to donate fans to its Fan Program.

      The Tri-State's battle with the heat is on. For that reason, The Salvation Army runs a summer fan program, but they need more help.

      The organization began distributing electric fans on June 3 as part of the program and fans were distributed as they became available in both Quincy and Hannibal.

      The organization continues to encourage people to donate new fans to the program. Donations of new and lightly used fans are needed now and throughout the rest of the summer months. You can drop a fan off at either Salvation Army Family Services Center or the Kroc Center.

      The program is prioritized for people over 65 years of age, for those with children under 5 years of age and for those who have disabilities.

      The fans are available for free as long as you bring a photo ID when you come to pick one up at the Salvation Army Family Services Center at 501 Broadway in Quincy or the Family Services Center at 302 Broadway in Hannibal.

      Individuals who received fans last year will not be eligible to receive another fan until after June 24th.

      The Salvation Army will also accept monetary donations to go toward the purchase of new fans.

      Fans will be given out Monday through Thursday from 1 p.m. till 4 p.m.