We have reached that time of the year when the weather gets warmer and the humidity climbs right along with it. For many in their homes air conditioning makes people comfortable. But for others, the only way they can combat the heat and humidity is with a fan, if they have one. With that in mind, the Salvation Army Quincy Area Command will begin distributing electric fans to those people in need on Monday, June 15. As they are available, the fans will be distributed in both Quincy and Hannibal.

The Salvation Army is currently in need of fan donations to continue helping families during the times of extreme heat. Fan distribution will be prioritized for people over the age of 65, those with children under five years of age, and those who are disabled.

Donated fans may be dropped off at either Salvation Army Family Services Center in Quincy (501 Broadway) or Hannibal (in the Family Store facility in The Steamboat Bend Shopping Center).

Monetary donations for the purchase of fans are also much needed and may be sent to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 75, Quincy, IL, 62306. Please designate donations as “Fan Program - Hannibal” or “Fan Program - Quincy.” Should there be a need for emergency housing, The Salvation Army Emergency Shelter in Quincy, IL, can be contacted at (217) 222-8655.

If you are a person applying for a fan you should bring a photo ID with you to their local Salvation Army Family Services Center. For those with children under five years of age in the household, a Social Security card or medical card is also required.

In Quincy, the Family Services Center is located at 501 Broadway. Hannibal residents should apply at the Family Services Center at 200 Steamboat Bend Shopping Center in Hannibal. The hours at both locations are Monday through Thursday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information about the fan program, please contact Heidi Welty at 217-222-2087.