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'Keep Cool' Fan Distribution for Seniors will take place on June 15th

(Woodbury, NJ) - On Tuesday, June 15, 2010 the Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders will distribute free fans to senior citizens as part of the County's "Keep Cool" program. 

"The economy is hard on everyone, and we don't want our seniors to jeopardize their health in the heat," said Freeholder Director Sweeney.  "The elderly are impacted by the heat and we need to make sure they are staying cool and safe, especially in this economy where many are struggling," Sweeney said.

Freeholder Jean DuBois said that the County Division of Senior Services has distributed more than 2,150 fans to senior citizens since the program began a decade ago.

"Seniors can use these fans to cool down their homes when the weather heats up,"said DuBois.  DuBois is the Liaison to the Division of Senior Services. "Seniors are most at risk of dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.  Often, heat-related illnesses are preventable, and fans help by keeping air circulating."

Fan Distribution will take place on Tuesday, June 15th from 10:00am to 11:00am at the Franklin Township Community Center located at 1584 Coles Mill Road in Franklin Township and at Gloucester County Senior Services Offices at Budd Boulevard located at 115 Budd Blvd. in West Deptford 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.  Qualifying income for a fan is less than $24,432 yearly gross income (single),or less than $29,956 yearly gross income (married).

Seniors who need more information can call the Division of Senior Services at (856) 384-6900.