Entergy Texas Inc.’s annual “Beat the Heat” fan drive is underway. The Salvation Army in Orange received 104 fans Thursday as part of 1,200 fans distributed to area non-profit organizations.

Volunteers had to mark out UPC codes before bringing the fans in for storage. Marking out codes has become necessary because  some people try to return items to Walmart and other stores to get cash. This became a serious problem in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s $3,” said Tanya Gaudet.

Young volunteers, Therron Starwood, 10, Octavian Rhodes, 12, Brian Wagner, 20, and Cedric Lee helped transfer the fans from the parking lot to inside the building.

The fan’s will be dispersed to residents 55 and up or those who are disabled.

Maj. John Queener of the Salvation Army said registration and release of the fans will begin at 9 a.m., Monday morning.