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'Keep Cool' Fan Distribution Program slated for Senior Citizens

(Woodbury) - Although summer doesn't officially begin until June 21st, the heat is here. Today Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney and Freeholder Helene Reed announced that the County's Division of Senior Services would be distributing fans to senior citizens in need of relief in their homes next week.

"Summer weather seemed to come upon us quickly, so we wanted to get the Division of Senior Services annual "Keep Cool" fan distribution moving fast to help our most vulnerable seniors stay cool and comfortable," said Freeholder Director Sweeney.

Fan Distribution will take place on:

Thursday, June 16 at Carino Park Apartments, 100 Chestnut Street in Williamstown from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon

Friday, June 17 at the Division of Senior Services Satellite Office on Budd Boulevard in West Deptford on 10:00am to 12:00 noon.

Due to the limited amount of fans, and under the guidelines set forth by the Older Americans Act, fans will only be given to seniors 60 and above with low income possessing a PAAD (Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled) or Medicaid card. For more information, please call the Division of Senior Services at (856)232-4646.

Freeholder Reed, liaison to the Department of Health and Senior Services, said "So many of us take our air conditioning for granted, but we have many seniors with no air conditioning in their homes." Reed said, "These are the people most at risk of dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Often, heat-related illnesses are preventable, and fans help by keeping air circulating," said Freeholder Reed.

Freeholder Reed said that the county's Department of Health and Senior Services recommends the following actions for all county residents to stay safe in the heat: