Fan Fair annual fan collection underway for local seniors, people with disabilities

April 04, 2022

Monetary donations accepted through May 27, Fan giveaway event held on June 11

Louisville Metro Office for Aging & Disabled Citizens (OADC) and KIPDA Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living are seeking donations to help purchase electric box fans to be distributed to those in need as the weather gets warmer.  The fans will be distributed at a Fan Fair resource event in Louisville on June 11, and to qualified individuals within the KIPDA region including Bullitt, Henry, Shelby, Oldham, Spencer, Trimble, and Jefferson counties.

The annual Fan Fair drive was first created in 2016 by staff members with OADC and KIPDA in response to numerous calls they received requesting heat relief. Seniors and/or individuals with physical disabilities who live in homes without air conditioning or circulating air often face a greater risk of heat-related illnesses.

Residents, businesses, faith-based organizations, and other groups wanting to make monetary contributions can donate safely and quickly online at louisvilleky.gov/FanFair. Check and money orders are also accepted, made payable to KIPDA, Attn: Fan Fair, mailed to the address on Commonwealth Drive listed below, and postmarked by May 27.

Donations of new box fans are also welcome at one of the locations below through June 9. 

  • KIPDA, 11520 Commonwealth Drive, 40299; (502) 266-5571
  • OADC, Edison Center, 701 W. Ormsby Ave, 2nd floor, 40203; (502) 574-5092
  • WLKY Studio, 1918 Mellwood Ave, 40206; (502) 891-4800

Drop off times for all three sites are Monday - Friday (except holidays), 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Fan Fair resource event will be held on Saturday, June 11 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.  Weather permitting, the event will be held outdoors, or moved indoors allowing for social distancing.

Multiple vendors and activities will be available, including an opportunity to dispose of unwanted or expired prescription drugs properly and safely. In addition to the fan giveaway, KIPDA will coordinate with agencies serving older adults and people with disabilities in their seven counties service area.

Qualifications to receive a free fan at the event include:

  • Person 60 years or older
  • OR documentation verified by a physician of a physical disability
  • Must be a resident of Jefferson County (proof of address and age will we required)
  • One fan per household
  • Household must not have functioning central air units

“The past couple of years have been a challenging time for many Louisville citizens due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The annual Fan Fair 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.

“It is always the goal of KIPDA, as the local Area on Aging and Independent Living, to bring visibility to issues that seniors and disabled citizens face. Cooling homes in the summer months is one of those issues. KIPDA is 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 Brittney Baines, the Aging and Disability Resource Center Coordinator of the KIPDA Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living.  “I am proud of all of the community partners who come together to support this effort and help to make it happen.“

WLKY is the proud media sponsor of this year’s Fan Fair.

Organizations interested in participating in the Fan Fair event, or individuals needing more information on making a donation, can contact Alli Woosley with OADC at (502) 574-5092, or Brittney Baines with KIPDA (502) 266-5571. More details can also be found at www.louisvilleky.gov/fanfair or www.KIPDA.org.

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