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Salvation Army Cooling Center Combats the Heat


HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The Salvation Army of Reno County will not only have their doors open to the community as per usual, but they are also open as a cooling center.

According to Major Paul James of the Salvation Army Cooling Center, each summer the Salvation Army gives out fans. James said this is made possible through the generosity of the community and local companies.

James said that last week, the Salvation Army Cooling Center received 69 fans from the Westlake Ace Hardware’s Annual Fan Drive. Fans will continue to be given out by appointment until the end of July.

“Donations are always welcome as this is a difficult time of year for many of our neighbors with energy costs having increased significantly in recent years,” James said.

James shared that on the days with extreme temperatures, like July 18, he wanted the Center to be a safe place for people to go in order to cool down.

“People will be able to get bottles of water available because of a donation from Dillons, and a cool place for people to sit down and relax,” James said.

The cooling center hours will go for the next two weeks or until the heat advisory is over. Cooling center hours will be open from 8am-4pm Monday thru Friday located at 700 N Walnut  Hutchinson, KS 67501. 

For more information, you can contact Paul James at [email protected].