As temperatures begin to rise, the Salvation Army is kicking off its Beat the Heat Campaign by distributing free box fans and water to those in need.

The organization accepts donations of new box fans and bottled water to provide relief from the soaring temperatures for those in need.

“The Salvation Army’s Hamilton County assistance fund for utility bills is now out,” Sandy Leavell, Salvation Army social service director, said in a prepared statement. “We desperately need more funding in order to continue to meet the high demands.”


If you know of someone in need of a fan, call 423-756-1023. Those in need of water can visit the organization’s hydration station, located at 800 McCallie Ave. Passersby can quench their thirst daily on days where temperatures exceed 90 degrees, and the water will be available from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Box fan donations can be made at 822 McCallie Ave. Cleveland residents can deliver their fans to 435 Inman St.

Monetary gifts may also be dropped by or mailed to 822 McCallie Ave., made online at or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.