Sick of sweating? Visit The Salvation Army!

Before I began working at The Salvation Army, I used to think homeless shelters were in full capacity during the winter months only, a warm respite from the blistery cold of the outdoors. I had no idea that many of these shelters also provide shelter from the heat throughout the summer months as well.

As you can imagine, The Salvation Army is in full throttle cooling service mode right now, so in addition to our shelters, cooling stations are opening across the country. And if you haven’t been outside lately, here’s why:

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Add in the derecho (did anyone know what this was before this weekend?) that barged through the Mid-Atlantic on Friday, knocking out power for approximately 3 million people from Ohio to New Jersey, and you officially have a disaster on your hands. Thankfully, serving those in need during disaster is a forte of The Salvation Army!

Offering air-conditioning, water and snacks, our cooling centers are providing thousands of individuals an oasis from the scorching heat. And these shelters aren’t limited to only homeless individuals; anyone who is thirsty or looking for a place to cool down and relax is welcome. So that goes for those without power too!

Of course, The Salvation Army’s services are only possible with the help of our supporters. If you’d like to donate, please reach out to your local Salvation Army to find out what they currently need.

Common donations for this time of year include:

  • Bottled Water
  • Snacks
  • Fans
  • Air Conditioners
  • Towels
  • Toiletries (Soap, Shampoo, Laundry Detergent, etc.)
  • Financial Contributions

We can’t promise that temperatures will drop anytime soon, but we can guarantee that we will do the most good with your donations.

Wherever you are, we hope you’re staying cool!  For ways to beat the heat without power in your home, click here.