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story.lead_photo.caption Westlake Hardware Manager Randy Miller helps Lee Dillard, driver for the Salvation Army of Hope, load four dozen box fans into a truck Thursday, July 15, 2021. Photo by Julie Smith / News Tribune.

The Salvation Army in Jefferson City received 52 box fans Thursday. The fans will help keep some families cooler this summer.

The annual Westlake Ace Hardware fan drive, which occurred in June again this year, raised money to purchase the fans.

During the drive, the hardware chain offers customers a chance to round up their purchases to help pay for the fans. Westlake then buys the fans at a highly discounted price.

Nationwide, customers donated more than $110,000 to the drive.

This year, the Jefferson City community raised more than $750 for the fans, store manager Randy Miller said.

"I think it was a little less than last year. Still, we did pretty good with everything that's going on in the world," he said.

The team at the store really appreciates the community getting behind the drive, which it does every year, he added.

"We appreciate all the customers," Miller said. "We have some repeat customers (who contribute every year), and we have new customers."

The Salvation Army will distribute the fans. For more information about eligibility to receive a box fan, residents should call the local Salvation Army's social services line at 573-635-1975 for more information.

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