Fan Distribution to Seniors will take place on June 21st
(Woodbury, NJ) – Summer officially begins on June 21st and it will be made a little breezier this year for seniors thanks to Gloucester County’s “Keep Cool” fan distribution program. Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney and Freeholder Helene M. Reed began the distribution program in 2000 that has delivered over 1,200 fans to seniors county-wide.
“Fans are critical to seniors who live without central air or window air conditioning units so that they can cool down their homes and don’t endanger themselves when the weather heats up,” said Freeholder Director Sweeney. “Our seniors live on extremely tight budgets and by the county providing them with a fan it can mean they don’t have to choose between buying a fan to stay cool and safe or buying food,” Sweeney said.
Freeholder Helene Reed, Liaison to the Department of Health and Senior Services, said, “We all need to be mindful that intense summer heat can affect seniors more quickly than younger people. They are most at risk of dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, so it is important to check on elderly neighbors and relatives when the summer starts to sizzle and make sure they are drinking plenty of water, taking it easy, and keeping the air circulating in their homes,” Reed stated.
Fan Distribution will take place on Wednesday, June 21st at Glassboro Senior Center, 152 Delsea Drive in Glassboro from 9:00am to 11:00am and from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the Division of Senior Services Satellite Office on Budd Blvd. in West Deptford.
Due to the limited amount of fans and under the guidelines set forth by the Older Americans Act, priority will be given to seniors 60 and above with low income or possessing a PAAD (Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled) or Medicaid card.
Seniors who need more information can call the Division of Senior Services at (856)232-4646.