The Omaha Summer Fan Program has been distributing free fans to elderly, senior citizens, ill or disabled residents of Omaha Nebraska. The local Salvation Army centers created this program over 30 years ago, and thousands of people have been assisted over the years. Just last year over 1,050 fans were distributed to the needy thanks to the generosity of people and businesses across the Omaha Nebraska community.
With the summer heat now impacting Nebraska, and considering most people in the area do not have air conditioners, the Salvation Army is also busy both collecting as well as distributing new fans as part of the Summer Fan Program. It will normally run from June to September of each and every year. This free fan program is critical to many Omaha families because summer heat can pose dangerous health consequences and conditions for people who are most at risk. This can include the sick, elderly, or disabled.
Fans are offered free of charge to qualified individuals and families. To apply, stop by the Salvation Army Lied Renaissance Center. The main location s 3612 Cuming Street. The hours are 9 – 11 a.m. and 1 – 3:30 p.m., Monday – Friday. Also, when you stop by, learn about other social services and financial assistance programs the Salvation Army either administers or has information on.
Priority for the fans, and most other aid, is given to people with medical disabilities and also to those who are 50 years of age or older. Proof of medical disability or age will be required when applying for a fan. Or if someone applies for other social services or emergency help, then appropriate documentation will be needed for that application too. Call 402-898-5900 for more information.
Donations are always needed to by the Omaha Salvation Army. Summer Fan donations are now being accepted, and any new donated fans may be dropped off at The Salvation Army Lied Renaissance Center (see address above). Or if you want to contribute cash, then monetary donations to purchase new fans are also needed. The retail cost of a basic fan is approximately $20. Any monetary donations to the Summer Fan Program can be mailed to The Salvation Army, 3612 Cuming Street, Omaha, Nebraska, 68131. All funds are used strictly for the program and not administrative costs.
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