Jun 22 2017

Westlake Ace Hardware and The Salvation Army Partner to Bring Relief from Heat

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Kansas City, MO, June 22, 2017 – The Salvation Army and Westlake Ace Hardware are teaming up to help provide relief from the summer heat to local communities. Westlake is hosting a fan drive beginning Thursday, June 22 at 96 locations nationwide.

Summer heat can be very dangerous for the elderly, those without air conditioning or with medical conditions. From June 22 to July 9, Westlake will host the fan drive by asking customers to donate to The Salvation Army at the register. For a $5 donation, one ‘fan blade’ can be given, $10 provides two ‘fan blades’, $15 for ‘three blades’ or $20 for the ‘entire fan.’ 

In 2016, Westlake customers donated more than $68,000, equating to more than 4,500 fans donated to The Salvation Army. Westlake will kick off the fan drive with a donation of 500 fans to The Salvation Army.

“The fan drive started as a local community event several years ago in Hutchinson, KS and has since evolved to be one of our biggest chain-wide community service projects,” explained Joe Jeffries, COO, Westlake Ace Hardware. “It’s a great way for us to give back to the communities where we do business. All of the money donated is given back to the local Salvation Army in the form of fans.”

“Unfortunately, there is always a great need for fans and because many of Westlake locations are centrally located, residents in those communities often suffer from severe summer heat,” said Jeff Curnow, Community Relations Manager, The Salvation Army USA Central Territory. “Because of this partnership, we will be able to provide relief to many needy families.”

If you’d like to contribute to the Westlake fan drive, visit any Westlake Hardware location or donate online at westlakehardware.com/fandrive. Twitter: #SAfandrive

About Westlake Ace Hardware
Westlake has been in operation for more than 100 years and currently has 98 neighborhood hardware stores in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. It has been part of the Ace hardware distribution network since 1959, and a wholly owned Ace subsidiary since 2012. Westlake is the largest member of the Ace Hardware Cooperative, giving its customers access to more than 70,000 products—both in-store and by special order—to help them complete numerous household and lawn and garden projects. For more information about Westlake, please visit www.westlakehardware.com.

Susan Shank (for Westlake Ace)    
(816) 536-5746

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