Summer Heats Up; Spirit of Giving, Too


Omaha Salvation Army Summer Fan Program

Through September 6th

Fans and bottled water accepted

Salvation Army Lied Renaissance Center

3612 Cuming Street

Starting this week, the heat will be cranked up in the Metro as temperatures climb. A reminder of the danger the heat can pose for elderly, ill and disabled.

Starting Wednesday, the heat will be cranked up in the Metro as temperatures climb. A reminder of the danger the heat can pose for elderly, ill and disabled.

It’s also a cue to start thinking donations for the Salvation Army. Last year in Omaha over 1,000 fans and countless bottles of water were handed out. One group of men in Council Bluffs aims to pick that momentum up and make a difference in their community.

Inside Saint Peter's Church modern social hall are Merv Disalvo and James Binns, who believe in a century’s old adage, help those in need. "The awards mean nothing, it's the service to people that is number one with the Knights,” Disalvo said.

Both he and Binns decided to organize an effort within the 4th Degree and the Local 1045 of the Knights of Columbus in Council Bluffs to raise money for the Salvation Army's fan donations. After matching $500 donations from each group and $1000 later, the two men weren’t surprised by the quick response and the out pouring of support from their community.

"Hopefully that will help the fan drive, with the disabled and the elderly. It could be a hot summer coming even with all this rain; it could be a hot summer coming,” Disalvo, a Past Grand Knight in Chapter 1045 of the Knights of Columbus said.

Faithful Navigator, James Binns said no matter what time of year, there is always a need to give to those in need. “A lot of people struggle with the heat as well as the cold, winter. This is one way of helping people through that,” Binns said.

The idea came to Disalvo -- who knew there was a fan drive in Omaha -- so why not in Council Bluffs? He asked. "It's a good day, it's a good day to give away a few dollars and maybe make some peoples lives a little bit happier."

Because in the end, it comes down to serving Binns decided. “Service to our community and always keeping that above everything (else) and taking care of our fellow man at all costs," Binns said.

The donations raised by the Council Bluffs Knight's of Columbus organizations will support the Council Bluffs Salvation Army. The need is great in Omaha as well.


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