"I don't want to see these people suffer when the community that we have together can do something about it."
Tippecanoe Place manager Lisa Watson wanted to make sure that those in need could beat the heat this summer, so she decided to trade food for fans.
"I just couldn't stand seeing the thought of elderly people being in 100-plus degree weather without fans," said Watson "Or the low income with small children...so we just kinda jumped together and decided to do something."
The restaurant gave away a free lunch to anyone who brought in a fan to be donated the Covenant Cooperative Ministries.
Officials say without this help they may not be able to provide assistance to those in need.
"I am amazed but most grateful, really," said CCM Executive Director Rose Aycock. "There's no way that we can meet the need unless we have this kind of help, and we do so much appreciate it."
CCM has been handing out fans for the past ten years to low income families, distributing around 200 last year alone.
They're the only agency in Terre Haute to provide the summer service.
"To have the community come together like this, and do this event for us, it'll give us a big push start," said Aycock.
And although it's still only May, organizers already have a waiting list for people in need of fans, and hope events like this can spark an interest all summer long.
"We're just a small business with 12 employees that are trying to pull together and do something for the community," said Watson. "And if a small business like this can, I know we can get help from the bigger businesses in Terre Haute."
All together Tippecanoe Place collected 42 fans to be donated.
If you missed today's event you can still drop off fans at Covenant Cooperative Ministries.