Two weeks ago, when the first heat wave of the summer hit Fort Dodge, the Webster County Public Health Department, began asking for donations of fans for people who could not afford them. After having good response from citizens the first time, they've created a contest for all businesses in Fort Dodge, to see who can donate the largest number of fans.
Jamie Saxton with the Public Health Department, says that the idea came to fruition after they got their first donation from a business. Saxton said, "Tuesday, we got a great donation of 10 fans from Fort Dodge Community Foundation-United Way. I thought this would be a perfect way to get a little competition going, and fill our need at the same time." Saxton added that people don't know how serious a problem this is in Fort Dodge. Saxton said, "We have people call us 5-10 times per day to see if we have anymore fans. You don't realize how hot it is if you have air conditioning. It's very dangerous."
Saxton reports that currently, fans are going out to people in need as quickly as they are brought in.
You can drop off a fan at their office at 330 1st Avenue North Suite #L-2. They will also accept monetary donations so that they can buy the fans. Temperatures are expected to hang around 100 degrees for the remainder of the week.