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Donate a new fan and help a senior stay cool this summer.
Media Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Leslie Williams

Reno, Nevada. June 16. 2014. Sweltering heat is common during a northern Nevada summer, but it can be especially hard on seniors. That’s why KOLO TV and Washoe County Senior Services are teaming up for the 2014 Fan Drive for Seniors. The community is encouraged to donate new fans for seniors who have no way of staying cool this summer.

Last year, thanks to the generous donations of the community, Senior Services gave more than 300 fans to local seniors in need.

Washoe County Senior Services Director, Grady Tarbutton, said this drive had a huge impact last year for one couple in particular.

“Last summer, the swamp cooler in the mobile home of a 70-year-old couple broke down and they could not afford to have it repaired. Through the generous donations received from the community, the department was able to provide the couple with a large, box fan, enabling them to manage through the hottest part of the summer in their poorly insulated home.”

Seniors, ages 60 and older, who do not have air conditioning or are in need of a fan to help cool their home are encouraged to contact Washoe County Senior Services at (775) 328-2575 or stop by the Senior Center at 1155 E. 9th Street, Building E, to learn more about how they can participate in the 2014 Fan Drive for Seniors. WCSS staff are available to answer questions and assist seniors.

What:KOLO Summer Fan Drive for Seniors

Where: New fans must still be in the box and dropped off or picked up at Washoe County Senior Services at 1155 E. Ninth Street, Building E, Reno.

When: June 16 through August 29. Drop off or pick up between 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday

Details: Only donations of new fans in the box will be accepted. To qualify for a fan, recipients must be 60 years of age or older. Seniors without air conditioning and those who have not previously participated in the program are a priority. 

Contact: (775) 328-2575

The mission of Washoe County Senior Services is to offer opportunities for the community's older adults to maintain dignity, to maintain independence, and to enhance the quality of their lives through the provision of direct services in a quality, cost-effective manner. Services include home delivered meals, nine congregate meal sites, recreational and social activities, Daybreak Adult Day Services, social services and legal assistance. For more information, call (775) 328-2575 or visit the Senior Services Department page at www.washoecounty.us/seniorsrv.