The Salvation Army and KCP&L Partner to Offer Heat Relief in Kansas City

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (June 22, 2016) – The Salvation Army and KCP&L team up once again to provide free electric fans to Kansas City residents suffering from the extreme summer temperatures.

On Thursday, June 23, volunteers from The Salvation Army and KCP&L will distribute free fans on-site and in a drive-thru lane for convenience, in an effort to help residents in need. From 8 to 11 a.m. near The Salvation Army Warehouse (located at 1110 E. Truman Road, Kansas City, MO), the organizations will give out one fan per household until supply runs out. The free fans, donated by KCP&L, will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

“So many of our Kansas City families live without air conditioning or any type of heat relief, and this partnership with KCP&L aims to reduce heat exhaustion as much as possible for those suffering,” said Major Evie Diaz, divisional commander of The Salvation Army in Kansas City. “We are so thankful for KCP&L’s generous fan donation and partnership so we can help out our neighbors in need.” 

The KCP&L Extreme Heat Relief Program is coordinated in dual effort with The Salvation Army, and the organizations anticipate drawing a large crowd for the giveaway event of up to 500 people.  Throughout the summer, additional distribution sites and times will be announced as the need for heat relief arises. In addition to the fans, KCP&L once again donated funds to assist customers in need with their electric bills.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Salvation Army once again on this project,” said Elizabeth Danforth, Director of Public Affairs at KCP&L. “Over the years, we’ve received great feedback from our customers who received the fans. With this extreme heat, we want to do all we can to keep people safe and cool.”


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About The Salvation Army of Kansas and Western Missouri

The Salvation Army of Kansas and Western Missouri is and evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, supporting those in need in His name without discrimination. The organization provides assistance through a board array of social services ranging from food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. For more information about the Kansas and Western Missouri Division of The Salvation Army, visit www.salarmymokan.org


About KCP&L

Headquartered in Kansas City, MO., Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE: GXP) is the holding company of Kansas City Power & Light Company and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company, two of the leading regulated providers of electricity in the Midwest. Kansas City Power & Light and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations use KCP&L as a brand name. More information about the companies is available on the internet at www.greatplainsenergy.com or www.kcpl.com.