September 1, 2014

Salvation Army opens Omaha-area shelters to escape heat

Temperatures will hit 100 this week and many people will be struggling to keep cool. The Salvation Army is doing their best to provide relief by opening cooling stations at three of their facilities in Omaha and one in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Spokesperson Susan Eustice says many of the people who stop in to cool down are struggling to make ends meet and a high electric bill is not in their budget. The cooling station provides a place to go in the heat of the day for relief, a cold drink and a snack.

The Salvation Army also wants to make sure people stay cool after their centers close for the day. Their summer fan program started earlier this month and they have been flying off their shelves. Priority is given to those 50 and older and those with medical disabilities. The Salvation Army is asking for donations of fans, bottled water and snacks.