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Salvation Army offers cooling station

Published July 19. 2019 02:45PM



The heat is dangerous this weekend and the Tamaqua Salvation Army is doing its part to help out the community.

A cooling station will be set up this weekend inside the venue on Broad Street for the public to stay as long as need be during business hours. The station is set up in the chapel of the Salvation Army.

“We saw that the heat index was going to be ridiculously high today and tomorrow,” said Captain John Luby, who set up the cooling station. “In any event, when the heat index is over 100, we’ll be open. As you can see we’ve got over 200 bottles of water, electrolytes, freeze pops, board games and whatever for folks to occupy themselves with and cool off. We hope to serve whoever needs to stay cool.”

Luby said the thermometer is set as low as it can go at 65 degrees inside. The Salvation Army is located at 105 W. Broad Street in Tamaqua.

“Some folks have come by and grabbed some bottles of water to take a couple dozen to take to either the local men and ladies in blue, postmen etc,” said Luby. “We’re just happy to be here and give back to the community that gives so much to us.”


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