Update:Companies Team Up For $1300 Fan Giveaway

By: Shannon Dillon Email
By: Shannon Dillon Email

Two Brazos Valley companies are pitching in to help families cool off. Thursday afternoon, the heat index topped 100 degrees, but that didn't stop Allen Honda and College Station's Wal Mart employees from loading box fans in the back of a truck.

The two partnered to donate 20 fans to the Salvation Army. A Bryan mother of four, says she heard about the fan giveaway and rushed over to the Salvation Army to get one. She and her children have been without A/C for over a month.

"You can't really get used to the heat. I mean its really hot outside," says Shaundell. She didn't want to be identified on camera, but Shaundell says it's a blessing to know her family will soon have cooler air. In less than two hours, fans were distributed to Shaundell and 18 other families.

The cooling process began Thursday morning with a suggestion from Stella Kelley, an Allen Honda employee. Kelley asked her employer if the company would be willing to donate fans. After one phone call to Wal Mart's general manager, the two companies teamed up by Thursday afternoon.

"I have children just as everyone else. And I can imagine when they get hot they get more upset than normal," says Mark Gottsponer, Wal Mart's manager.

It was anything but normal at the Salvation Army Thursday afternoon. A limited staff juggled phone calls while taking care of families walking in to pick up fans. Staff members say they're not expecting a slow down in their office anytime soon, but staying busy is well worth worth it, especially if families get the help they need.

"They're going to be pretty excited when I come home with the fan," says Shaundell, while on her way home to surprise her children.

An additional $1,000 worth of fans will be donated to the Salvation Army, thanks to a grant. The two companies say it's a small price to pay to keep those who're experiencing the heat inside their home- cool.

The fan giveaway will resume at the Salvation Army on Tuesday beginning at 1p.m. All you need is two of three things. First, present a copy of your lease, light bill, or drivers license. Or you can qualify for a fan if you're already receiving food from the Salvation Army pantry. The fan giveaway is restricted to only Brazos County households.

Anyone wanting to help can donate boxed fans to Allen Honda.

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