The annual benefits of collecting Salvation Army fans

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Westlake Ace Hardware stores nationwide held their annual fan campaign to benefit The Salvation Army and the one included here in Odessa.

The campaign ran from June 3 to 20, where customers were asked to donate by rounding up their purchases at checkout.

All donations were used to purchase new box fans for the local Salvation Armies.

On Thursday, the Odessa Salvation Army received a shipment of 150 fans from Westlake Ace Hardware located at 4652 E. University Blvd.

“What it does, with our donation process, they were able to donate as much as they wanted,” said Daphney Legarda, Managing Director of Westlake Ace Hardware Odessa. “It depends on the customer, but it all adds up to help attract new fans. “

Odessa customers generously donated $ 2,100 to purchase new box fans for their fellow citizens in need.

“Each summer, they will ask customers to round up their purchases to the nearest dollar to go to the Salvation Army fan campaign,” said Odessa Salvation Army Maj. Luis Melendez. “All people have to do is come to The Salvation Army at 810 E 11th Street in Odessa or call us at our office and ask our fans for availability.”

Melendez says the only requirement is that people in need of a fan live in Ector County with ID and proof of residency.

Need a fan?

Call the Salvation Army at 332-0738.

Rising temperatures can quickly deplete the Salvation Army’s supply of ventilators and with summer in full swing, the work of distributing ventilators is far from over.

Along the way, Westlake customers helped raise a record $ 110,000 nationwide.

“It’s part of this wonderful event,” Melendez said. “It’s been happening for (about) 19 years now, I believe. Hope there will be a big party next year.

With things back to normal a little, Melendez is happy to see the number of people who have donated this year.

“It’s amazing because this is how The Salvation Army works as a charity,” Melendez said. “We really appreciate this partnership. Last year, even with COVID, we were able to donate a lot of fans, which is good considering what the country has been through, but we will be giving more this year. “

Legarda has enjoyed the Salvation Army’s partnership with the fan campaign each year.

“Well, since I’ve been here six years, we’ve teamed up with The Salvation Army to run the fan campaign,” Legarda said. “It’s been good because the heat in West Texas is so hot and I think it helps people who don’t have air conditioning and helps get people shopping at Westlake Ace.”


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