Westlake Ace Hardware is partnering with The Salvation Army to help communities in need beat the heat as the summer hits. The retailer is asking customers at 100 stores to donate from June 7 through June 24. The donations will help pay for fans to help needy families have a cooler summer. Westlake will kick off the drive with its own donation of 575 fans.
The entire Ace Hardware cooperative has a history of charitable giving: 98% of the retailer’s stores donated money, products or services to non-profit or charitable organizations or causes in 2017. A large share of stores contributed to various types of organizations, including:
- Veteran organizations (63%);
- Youth education and advocacy programs (86%);
- Local business commerce organizations (85%);
- Youth sports activities (83%); and
- Local emergency services (67%).
“The fan drive started as a local community event several years ago in Hutchinson, Kansas and has since evolved to be one of our biggest chain-wide community service projects,” said Joe Jeffries, president and CEO of Westlake Ace Hardware, in a statement. “It’s an important 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.”