Lt. James Harvin serves water from the hydration station. Photo: Contributed)

With higher temperatures in the region, the demand for several items has increased. The Salvation Army is hoping the public can help.

Salvation Army caseworkers typically distributed free box fans and water to low-income individuals and families affected by the heat, but the organization is completely out of fans, according to a news release.

“Overwhelmingly, the most requests The Salvation Army receives in the summertime are requests for relief from the hot temperatures,” Major Mark Smith, area commander of The Salvation Army. “To meet these needs, The Salvation Army asks for new box fans and monetary support to provide utility assistance for low-income families.”


Monetary gifts for box fans and utility bill assistance should be marked “Beat the Heat” and mailed to 822 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37403 or 437 Inman Street, Cleveland, TN, 37311.

New boxed fans can be donated at each location as well.  Monetary donations are also accepted online at or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

If you or someone you know is in need of a fan, please call 423-305-6200. Those in need of a cool drink of water may visit our hydration station located at 800 McCallie Avenue. Passersby will be able to quench their thirst from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. every day that the temperature exceeds 90 degrees.

The Salvation Army also has its Day Center open for the homeless and is providing a hydration station outside for those who need a cool drink of water.