Electric fans needed for local seniors and residents with disabilities
Donations accepted through June 5; Fan giveaways will start on June 16
KIPDA Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living and Louisville Metro Office for Aging & Disabled Citizens (OADC) are seeking monetary donations to help purchase box fans to be distributed to those in need as the weather gets warmer. Starting in mid-June as part of the annual Fan Fair program, fans will be distributed to qualified individuals within the KIPDA region.
Qualifications to receive a free fan include:
- 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
- Household must not have functioning central air units
Those wishing to make a monetary donation to purchase fans can mail checks made payable to KIPDA, Attn: Fan Fair to 11520 Commonwealth Drive, Louisville, Ky 40299, postmarked by June 5. If you would like to make special arrangements for a donation or need further information, please contact Alli Woosley, Coordinator for Louisville Metro OADC at (502) 574-5092; or Jennifer Craig, Aging and Disability Resource Center Coordinator for KIPDA at (502) 266-5571.
Now in its sixth year, Fan Fair was first created in 2016 by staff members with KIPDA and OADC in response to numerous calls they received requesting heat relief. Many households lack air conditioning and individuals over the age of 60 and/or with disabilities are at an increased risk of heat-related illnesses.
Fans placed in or near windows can help draw in cool air from outside or pull warm air out of a room depending on how they are placed.
In keeping with CDC guidelines and in an effort to avoid large gatherings, this year’s fan giveaway will be spread out at multiple locations across several days.
Starting June 16, fans will be distributed at six Neighborhood Place sites, KIPDA's main office, and Tri-County and Multi-Purpose Community Action Agencies. Appointments are required in advance and fans will be distributed on a first come, first serve.
Last year, over 500 fans were distributed to residents in need thanks to donations given by community organizations, churches, businesses, and private citizens.
“Every year the community astonishes me with the donations and the attention that Fan Fair receives. The need for cooling assistance during the hot and humid Kentuckiana summers has and will always be a major health concern, but miracles can happen with something as simple as an extra fan,” shared Jennifer Craig with KIPDA.
“The past year has been a challenging time for many Louisville citizens due to the COVID-10 Pandemic. Fan Fair 2021 is a simple reminder that even during a difficult time, a small action can make a large impact in someone’s life. I am excited to be a part of Fan Fair so that some of our most at-risk citizens can receive some much-needed relief,” said Alli Woosley with Louisville Metro OADC.