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Donations, volunteers needed for Salvation Army cooling station

By Sonny Long
June 29, 2012 at 1:29 a.m.
Updated June 30, 2012 at 1:30 a.m.

Doc Bartlett of the the Salvation Army  says the cooling station, which will open Thursday needs donations of bottled water.

FANS NEEDED

• Fans are needed to be distributed to the elderly and others in need.

• Donations of new fans or monetary donations to buy fans may be made at the Victoria Senior Citizens Center, 603 E. Murray St. or the Community Action Committee of Victoria, 4007 Halsey St.

•  Call 361-576-2189 for more information.

• In Cuero, the DeWitt County Sheriff's Office Employee's Association is also accepting fan donations. Drop new fans off at 208 E. Live Oak St. Donations will be matched up to $500. For more information, call 361-275-0899.

CARING COMPANY

• Victoria Communication Services is helping local organizations assist the poor and elderly beat the heat and giving their customers a boost, too.

• When purchasing a new phone from VCS, customers will receive a cigarette lighter adapter (a $29.99 value) free with the donation of a new box fan or case of bottled water.

• The water will then be donated to the Salvation Army for its cooling station and the fans to the Community Action Committee of Victoria.

• For more information call 361-575-7417.

The Salvation Army needs your help to assist others to beat the heat.

A cooling station, for the homeless and others without adequate shelter, will open on Thursday.

The Salvation Army is accepting donations of bottled water and individual snack items for the cooling station.

This week Victoria had five consecutive days of 100-degree or higher temperatures including a record-setting 108 on Tuesday.

"We want to be an oasis for people who need to get out of the heat," said Doc Bartlett, social services case worker. "We want to be able to provide water and a snack and place for them to cool down."

The cooling station will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday at 1306 N. Louis St.

Donations may be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday or until 6 p.m. at the adjacent Salvation Army Thrift Store.

Bartlett said volunteers are also needed to operate the cooling station.

"Basically, you are there to provide company to those that come in, play cards, talk, whatever. Just be there for them," he said.

To volunteer or for more information, call 361-576-1297.

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