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Red Cross sets service-delivery record for fan program

In less than three days, the American Red Cross Midway-Kansas Chapter set a new service-delivery record for the number of free box fans distributed in one year. Shortly after noon, Red Cross gave out its 1,000th fan to a person in need. The record culminated a highly focused three days of Red Cross supporters reaching out and helping its community.

“Every year, we see an incredible outpouring of need for this program,” said Bev Morlan, Midway-Kansas Chapter executive director. “Red Cross is honored to help families needing assistance stay comfortable.”

To keep the process as easy as possible, participants needed to present a valid Kansas driver’s license and proof of current address. They filled out a short application and then left with a free 20-inch box fan paid for by donations from the public.

Last year, Red Cross set another service-delivery record by distributing 962 fans. The back-to-back records for the campaign show just how important it is during the summer to stay cool. And while Red Cross has concluded the fan program for 2012, it always recommends families heed the following heat safety rules:

• If your home is too uncomfortable because of the heat, identify a free place your family can go for relief.

• Ensure that your animals’ needs for water and shade are met.

• Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors.

• Know that heat cramps, muscular pains and spasms in the legs or abdomen, are often the first sign that the body is having trouble cooling down.

“With last year’s 100-degree days still fresh in everyone’s mind, it’s vital that we prepare now for another hot Kansas summer,” Morlan said. “The fan program is another way Red Cross wants to empower families to have safe and happy summers.”

About the American Red Cross Midway-Kansas Chapter

Founded in 1915, the American Red Cross Midway-Kansas Chapter provides its community with Disaster Response and Planning, Services to Armed Forces, CPR and First Aid Training, Emergency Financial Assistance, Senior Medical Transportation and the Good Neighbor Nutrition Program. In the past year alone, the Midway-Kansas Chapter helped 80,635 people. For more information on how you can change a life, starting with your own, call 219-4000 or visit