Fan Distribution to Seniors will take place on June 20th
(Woodbury, NJ) With summer only a few weeks away Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney and Freeholder Helene M. Reed announced the Gloucester Countys Keep Cool fan distribution program will be held on June 20th. Sweeney and Reed said that the county has delivered over 1,450 fans to seniors county-wide since the programs inception in 2000.
Many seniors live on extremely tight budgets and by providing them with a fan it can mean the difference for them between choosing to buy a fan to stay cool and safe or buying food, Freeholder Director Sweeney said.
Freeholder Helene Reed, Liaison to the Department of Health and Senior Services, said, 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 20th at Franklin Township Community Center, Coles Mill Road in Franklin Township 9:30am to 11:00am and at the Division of Senior Services Satellite Office on Budd Blvd. in Woodbury on June 20th from 1:00pm to 2:30pm.
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.