Onslow Senior Services donates fans to senior citizens

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – A heat advisory is in place today, prompting Onslow County Senior Services to distribute hundreds of fans to senior citizens and people with disabilities.

Dorothy Williams, a resident who received a fan two weeks ago, emphasized the program’s value.

“They are worth coming after. I got my fan. There was me and three more of us together,” Williams said.

Several locations throughout Onslow County, including Sneads Ferry, Richlands, Belgrade, and Swansboro, are participating to facilitate easier access for those unable to travel to the main facility.

“We are working with our sites in Sneads Ferry, Richlands, Belgrade, and Swansboro,” said Shelly Ashley, the supervisor for the senior center.

The annual fan giveaway aims to help residents stay cool during the summer months. Ashley highlighted the program’s impact. “We have given away 86 already. When we first initiated the program this year, we started with 40. Those were gone within a day to a day and a half,” she said.

Williams advises neighbors to look out for one another during the extreme heat.

“If you have a fan and you’re not using it, how about lending it to a neighbor because then you’ll get blessed and they’ll be blessed too,” she said.

To receive a fan, residents must meet certain criteria: they must be Onslow County residents, there is a one-fan limit per household, and they must present a photo ID.

Fans can be picked up Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Onslow Senior Services location on Richlands Highway.