Summer is officially here. People in Corsicana and Navarro County are feeling it.
To help those who are in need of relief from the heat, The Salvation Army is stepping in to help in two ways.
One, they are offering free air conditioning units and fans and they are providing a place to serve as a cooling station.
Community partners helped provide the 12 air conditioning units and 50 fans that were delivered to the charity Wednesday morning.
Jarod Gordon, Community National Bank and Trust Vice President and Trust Officer, said the bank donated $1,500 because, “We know summer heat is rough in Texas. At least this makes conditions bearable.”
Also assisting in the donation was Home Depot. Wesley Gullatt, General Store Manager, provided a $1,000 discount on the items in order for funds to stretch a little farther. Gullatt said he takes pride in Home Depot being interested in the people of Navarro County.
“We appreciate being a part of the community,” he said. “I was born and raised here. This is special to me.”
Sgt. Toby Romack with The Salvation Army even has volunteers to help install the air conditioners for those who might need a little extra help.
If someone would like to receive an air conditioning unit, they must currently not have air conditioning in the home. Other special considerations are for older people, age 65 and up, people with breathing disabilities such as asthma or if there is a baby living in the household. For those requesting fans, they must not have received one in the past year and should have proof of a lease or rental agreement. Linda Perkey, social worker at The Salvation Army, said they want to help the neediest of the community.
“We expect word to spread quickly that we are offering these items. We want them to go to those who could use them,” said Perkey. Those wanting to apply for the air conditioners or fans should come to the Salvation Army at 212 E. First Avenue between 9 a.m.-Noon or from 12:30-3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to Noon on Friday.
Sgt. Toby Romack also wants people to know that they may come by the social services office if they need a place to sit and stay cool for a while. The times and dates listed above apply for the cooling station hours as well. They are also offering bottles of chilled water.
“Sometimes a client comes in for another item and they stay and sit an extra 20 minutes,” said Romack. “That's okay. They can stay as long as we're open.”
Romack said The Salvation Army is also accepting donations of fans and air conditioners or money. The air conditioners cost around $130. If you have questions or would like to help, please call The Salvation Army at 874-7131.
Salvation Army board member Debbie Dillingham was on hand when the items arrived Wednesday morning. She noted that one way to help is to come visit The Salvation Army Thrift Store. “They actually have many nice items such as living room, dining room and bedroom sets. They have so many items to sell that they are putting them in storage units on the property. As Sgt. Romack noted, “About 80 percent of the money we make from store sales, goes directly back into programs such as the fan and air conditioner giveaway and other programs for the community. The Thrift Store is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Monday through Thursday.