In an effort to help those in need beat the heat this summer, Westlake Ace Hardware is partnering with the Salvation Army to provide fans for needy communities.

More than 100 Westlake Hardware locations throughout the country will host fan drives by asking customers to donate to the Salvation Army through June 24, and are kicking off the drive with is own donation of 575 fans.

“The fan drive started as a local community event several years ago in Hutchinson, Kansas and has since evolved to be one of our biggest chain-wide community service projects,” Westlake Ace Hardware President and CEO Joe Jeffries said in a statement. “It’s an important way for us to give back to the communities where we do business. All of the money donated is given back to the local Salvation Army in the form of fans.”

Salvation Army helped nearly 25 million Americans in 2017 through services such as cooling stations during the summer, providing essential services at major disasters, holiday assistance for struggling families and 54 million meals for the hungry.

“Our partnership with Westlake Ace Hardware continues to empower Salvation Army units all over to give that most important relief of cool air on a hot day,” Lt. Colonel Ward Matthews, Salvation Army Secretary for National Community Relations and Development, said in a statement. “We’re grateful for Westlake’s commitment to meeting human needs during the sweltering summer months.”

Anyone wishing to contribute to the Westlake fan drive can visit Westlake Hardware at 4652 E. University Blvd., or donate online at

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