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Operation Summer Salvation brings cooling to those in need
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Derek Gamble (front, right) poses with members of Masons Hadoth Lodge No. 250, who sponsored the purchase of and helped install an air conditioner for a Cassatt woman Tuesday, as part of Operation Summer Salvation. Hadoth Lodge members who worked with Gamble on Tuesday are Treasurer John McCants (front, left); Warden Phillip Kelley Jr., who is also Gambles brother (back, left); and Worshipful Master Billy Tention (back, right). With them is United Way Mentoring Program Director Margaret Lawhorn who is also working with the group. - photo by Martin L. Cahn
Growing up mostly with his grandmother and his paraplegic aunt, who lived next door, gave Derek Gamble an appreciation for what the elderly and disabled go through, especially when it comes to battling the heat in South Carolina. To honor them, Gamble founded Operation Summer Salvation -- an effort to install 500 window air conditioning units across the state by the first day of fall in September. So far, Summer Salvation sponsors and volunteers have installed 46 with another 20 on the way, thanks to a recent $2,000 donation from Target.