Rain has kept us cooler than normal so far this year, but triple digit temperatures are on the way which means those in need will be needing fans for relief from the heat.

According to the Odessa American, Westlake Ace Hardware and the Salvation Army are teaming up to help those that will be struggling in the summer heat.

Lt. Juan Gomez, III is the commanding officer of the Odessa Salvation Army says they start raising money in June so they can deliver fans to those in need in July and August.

“Over the past 11 months, my wife and I have witnessed the drastic changes in weather that can occur in West Texas. Some of these changes can bring a level of relief, at other time they can be problematic,” Gomez said. “For many homes in West Texas, the scorching heat is a concern, but with no HVAC or window units (AC), so is the rain and dust storms. Heavy rain and dust storms for example force us to close our windows. A closed window with no fan in the home to help alleviate the rise in temperatures and stop of circulation can make adobe and brick homes a health hazard.”

If you would like to donate to the Fan Drive, you can go by Westlake Ace Hardware at 4652 E. University in Odessa or donate online at the WestLake Hardware website.