The Salvation Army opens up Cooling Station

People wanting to escape the summer heat will soon have a new refuge to cool off.

The Salvation Army just launced its new Cooling Station.

Anyone needing some relief from the hot temperatures can walk in, cool off and relax.

The Cooling Station will offer free air conditioning, a place to sit, TV and cold bottled water.

It will run Monday through Friday from 9 to 5 p. m.

Captain Greg Shannon, a spokesman for the Salvation Army, says the purpose is to meet the needs of those who may not have an efficient way of cooling off.

"I think there are homes that don't have air conditioning or have to cut them off in the afternoon to lower their electric bill," Shannon says. "This is a comfortable place, this is a safe place that is monitored and people can come in and find their relief."

The Cooling Station will also have an overflow area available to meet their needs if it gets too busy.

If you are interested in finding a place to cool off this summer or want to help by donating bottled water, the Salvation Army Welfare Center is located at 403 7th Street.

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