Thursday, July 19, 2012

Salvation Army locations serve as cooling centers

News Release
With another round of dangerously hot temperatures on the way, The Salvation Army is once again gearing up to offer help to people needing relief from the heat.

All eight Salvation Army community centers across the Kansas City metro area are being activated as community Cooling Shelters beginning at noon Wednesday, July 18 when an Excessive Heat Warning goes is in effect.

The centers will be open from 8:00 a.m. to at least 5:00 p.m. including weekends until the excessive heat warning is canceled. Cold drinks and light snacks will be provided to anyone seeking respite from the hot weather. Salvation Army community center locations are:

- 6111 East 129th St., Grandview, MO
- 14700 East Truman Rd., Independence, MO
- 3013 East 9th St., Kansas City, MO
- 6618 East Truman Rd., Kansas City, MO
- 5306 N. Oak Trafficway, Kansas City, MO
- 500 West 39th St., Kansas City, MO
- 6723 State Avenue, Kansas City, KS
- 420 East Santa Fe, Olathe, KS

In addition, a Salvation Army crew will distribute cold drinks to the homeless and others enduring the extreme heat outside. The team will load up an emergency disaster vehicle each morning, handing out bottles of water and Gatorade to anyone in need. Salvation Army volunteers are also making phone calls to elderly individuals throughout the metro area to check on their welfare.

In extreme weather, The Salvation Army Independence Crossroads Shelter provides emergency shelter to people who need a place to stay overnight. If needed, the shelter will set up cots inside the neighboring Salvation Army Independence Community Center to accommodate any overflow.

The Salvation Army also distributes fans to those in need, as well as air conditioners to people with medical conditions. For more information on the Fan Club program, call 816-968-9432. To donate a fan or make a financial contribution, call 816-968-9000.