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With the arrival of warmer temperatures, KIPDA Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living is once again teaming up with Louisville Metro Office for Aging & Disabled Citizens (OADC) to collect electric fans for seniors and persons with physical disabilities.  The fans will be distributed to qualified individuals within the KIPDA region including Jefferson, Bullitt, Henry, Shelby, Oldham, Spencer, and Trimble Counties. Donations of new box fans will be collected through June 11 at:

KIPDA, 11520 Commonwealth Drive (Lou., KY 40299)
WLKY Studio, 1918 Mellwood Ave. (Lou, KY 40206)

Drop off hours are Monday through Friday; 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Monetary donations will also be accepted to purchase fans. Make checks made payable to KIPDA, Attn:  Fan Fair Program and mail to the address on Commonwealth Drive listed above postmarked by June 11.  If you would like to make special arrangements for a donation or need further information, please contact Sarah Teeters (502) 574-5092 at the OADC or Jennifer Craig (502) 266-5571 at KIPDA.

Last year, over 500 fans were distributed to residents in need thanks to fan or monetary donations given by community organizations, churches, businesses, and private citizens.  Local station WLKY TV32 provided both on-air and on-line advertising, in addition to serving as one of the drop-off locations, and will provide similar support to this year’s efforts.

On June 16, a “Fan Fair” will be held from 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. at the Edison Center located at 701 W. Ormsby Ave. to distribute the collected fans to seniors 60 and older, as well as to individuals with physical disabilities, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Qualifications to receive a free fan will be:

  • Person 60 years or older
  • OR documentation verified by a physician of a physical disability
  • Must be a resident of Jefferson, Oldham, Henry, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble or Bullitt Counties
  • Proof of address and age will be required
  • One fan per household

“We are excited to be partnering with Louisville Metro Office of Aging & Disabled Citizens again this year, helping older adults and persons with disabilities stay comfortable during the summer months, stated Barbara Gordon, director of the KIPDA Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living.  “I am proud of all of the community partners who support this effort and help to make it happen.“

Coinciding with the Fan Fair will be a health/resource fair open to all ages to provide various health checks and information from local area resources. Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness and LMPD will be on hand to facilitate a prescription drug toss so that attendees can properly and safely dispose of unwanted or expired prescription medications.

“Our annual fan drive and fan giveaway event goes beyond just fans; it provides another avenue for our teams to connect with some of our most vulnerable residents”,  stated Gena Redmon Harris, director of Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services which oversees the OADC.  “We are so grateful for all of the fan and monetary donations and various kinds of community support, and are looking forward to another great event this year.”

For more information about the fan donations or Fan Fair, visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/resilience-and-community-services or  www.KIPDA.org.

Photo: Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Service

Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, community organizations, and residents, hundreds of electric fans have been collected to provide heat relief for seniors and people with disabilities.  A “Fan Fair” giveaway and resource event is scheduled for Saturday, June 24 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Edison Center, 701 W. Ormsby Ave., Louisville, KY 40203.

Fans will be available for seniors 60 and older, as well as for individuals with documented disabilities, on a first-come, first-served basis.  Fan Fair qualifications and guidelines are as follows:

  •  Person 60 years or older
  • OR documentation verified by a physician of a disability
  • Resident of Jefferson, Oldham, Henry, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble or Bullitt counties
  • Proof of address and age
  • ​ One fan per household

A Resource Fair will coincide with the fan giveaway event to provide basic health checks and information from local resources. Participating vendors include AARP, Kentuckiana Regional Planning & Development Agency (KIPDA), U of L School of Dentistry, the local Long-Term Care Ombudsman, Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services and several other Metro Government divisions including the Center for Health Equity and Economic Development.   Louisville pure tap® water will also be provided.

Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness and LMPD will also facilitate a ‘Take Back Event’ to properly and safely dispose of unwanted or expired prescription drugs.

Fan Fair is sponsored by KIPDA Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living and Louisville Metro Office for Aging & Disabled Citizens (OADC).  These organizations joined forces last year to implement a fan drive and for the first annual Fan Fair in response to the numerous calls they received requesting heat relief.

This year’s fan drive ended June 16 with more than 450 fans being donated, and more than $500 in monetary donations received to purchase additional fans.  Some of the many donors include:

  • AARP
  • CareSource
  • Humana
  • JenCare
  • LG&E
  • Lowe’s
  • Senior Home Transitions
  • 310 Tempering
  • WLKY
  • Numerous Individual Donors
  • Local churches

WLKY served as the media partner providing both on-air and on-line advertising to promote the fan collection and serving as one of the donation drop-off sites.  Lowe’s provided multiple levels of support including donating more than 200 fans and allowing the purchase of additional fans at cost from the monetary donations that were collected.

“The incredible outpouring of support we’ve received again this year is evidence of the outstanding compassion that exists in the Louisville community”, stated Sarah Teeters, Coordinator for OADC, part of the Office of Resilience and Community Services. “We hope to offer Fan Fair every summer if the need and the interest continue.”

“The support that the community gave this event last year was simply amazing and showed just how much passion our city’s residents have for others,” stated Jennifer Craig, Aging and Disability Resource Specialist for KIPDA.  “This year’s contributions have once again conveyed the kindness that this wonderful city has for those in need and has once again exceeded our expectations.”

For more information about the Fan Fair event, visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/resilience-and-community-services  or  www.KIPDA.org.

In preparation for warmer temperatures this season, KIPDA Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living is again partnering with Louisville Metro Office for Aging & Disabled Citizens (OADC) to collect electric fans for seniors and persons with physical disabilities.  The fans will be distributed to qualified individuals within the KIPDA region including Jefferson, Bullitt, Henry, Shelby, Oldham, Spencer, and Trimble Counties.

Donations of new box fans will be collected through June 14 at:

  • KIPDA, 11520 Commonwealth Drive (Lou., KY 40299)
  • WLKY Studio, 1918 Mellwood Ave. (Lou, KY 40206)

Drop off hours are Monday through Friday; 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. for KIPDA and 8:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. for WLKY.

Monetary donations will also be accepted to purchase fans. Make checks made payable to KIPDA, Attn:  Fan Fair Program and mail to the address on Commonwealth Drive listed above postmarked by June 14.  If you would like to make special arrangements for a donation or need further information, please contact Sarah Teeters (502) 574-5092 at the OADC or Jennifer Craig (502) 266-5571 at KIPDA.

Last year, over 600 fans were distributed to residents in need thanks to fan or monetary donations given by community organizations, churches, businesses, and private citizens.  Local station WLKY TV32 provided both on-air and on-line advertising, in addition to serving as one of the drop-off locations, and will provide similar support to this year’s efforts.

On June 24, a “Fan Fair” will be held from 8 a.m.- 12 p.m. at The Edison Center located at 701 W. Ormsby Ave. to distribute the collected fans to seniors 60 and older, as well as to individuals with physical disabilities, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Qualifications to receive a free fan will be:

  • Person 60 years or older
  • OR documentation verified by a physician of a physical disability
  • Must be a resident of Jefferson, Oldham, Henry, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble or Bullitt Counties
    • Proof of address and age will we required
  • One fan per household

“We are excited to be partnering with Louisville Metro Office of Aging & Disabled Citizens again this year, helping older adults and persons with disabilities stay comfortable during the summer months, stated Barbara Gordon, director of the KIPDA Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living.  “I am proud of all of the community partners who support this effort and help to make it happen.“

“As we continue to address the effects of our city’s urban heat island, it is imperative that our community responds to those individuals who are most in need of cooling assistance”, stated Gena Redmon, director of the Louisville Metro’s Department of Resilience and Community Services which oversees the OADC.   “Donating a fan is an easy and compassionate way to make a difference in the life of a vulnerable neighbor.”

Coinciding with the Fan Fair will be a health fair open to all ages to provide basic health checks and information from local area resources. Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness and LMPD will also facilitate a ‘Take Back Event’ to properly and safely dispose of unwanted or expired prescription drugs.

For more information about the fan donations or Fan Fair, visit www.louisvilleky.gov/communityservices or www.KIPDA.org.

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