Cumberland County Office on Aging Offering Box Fans to Elderly Residents

By: Reney Waters, Follow South Jersey Bridgeton City Intern

Photo: Jon Bradley | Follow South Jersey

BRIDGETON, N.J. — Cumberland County announced on Friday that its Office on Aging and Disabled will issue box fans to residents aged 60 and older from 1-3:30 p.m. on June 24. The distribution will take place at 800 E. Commerce St. in Bridgeton.

“Due to COVID-19, our cooling centers were closed to seniors last year,” Cumberland County Commissioner Carol Musso said in a statement, “With this distribution we aim to provide some needed relief to those individuals who otherwise would utilize our cooling centers. We are grateful to South Jersey Industries for helping us in assisting our senior community’s needs this summer.”

South Jersey Industries has donated $1,000 to the county to help cover the cost of the fans.

On Thursday, 250 fans will be distributed and available for pick-up on a first-come, first-served basis. Fans are limited to one per household, and you must provide your name, address, and date of birth. Contactless assistance will also be provided to load the 20-inch box fans into individual vehicles.

“After a warm winter, we’re expecting a blazing summer,” Joe Derella, the director of Cumberland County’s Board of Commissioners, said. “We want to help our mature and senior residents prepare for the impending summer heat, and these 250 fans are just the way to help out.”

If you want to find more information about the fan distribution, you can call (856) 453-2220.

This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.