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Electric Fans Available to North Carolina Seniors

2010 Operation Fan/Heat Relief Now Under Way

Release Date: June 25, 2010
Contact: Lori Walston, 919-733-9190

RALEIGH: Operation Fan/Heat Relief – a summer fan distribution program that operates each year throughout North Carolina –  is now under way.  The Division of Aging and Adult Services in the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has managed the program since it began in 1986. 

“Chronic health problems in older people often require medication that can affect the body’s natural defenses against heat and humidity,” said Dennis Streets, Division of Aging and Adult Services Director.  “These fans can be a lifesaver for some and help all recipients stay more comfortable and healthier in their home.”

“For many years, Dominion North Carolina Power, Duke Energy, Progress Energy and the Valassis Giving Committee have donated generously to support this important program,” Streets said. “The program has been successful because of the concerted efforts of the 17 regional Area Agencies on Aging and the local aging and adult service provider agencies which purchase and make fans available to eligible people.” 

Last year, donations totaled $98,500, and with these funds, 5,423 fans and 51 air conditioners were purchased. In certain counties air conditioners are made available for people with more serious health problems.  There is no public money associated with this project.  

People who are 60 or older or people with disabilities are eligible to receive one fan per year to help alleviate heat problems within their home. 

More information can be found by calling the Area Agency on Aging or the local aging agency, or on the N.C. Division of Aging website.



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