JACKSONVILLE, ONSLOW COUNTY - Onslow County Senior Services relies on donations of fans to help keep senior citizens cool during hot weather. But in the last week, the organization went from having 46 fans to only five.
"The heat has been extreme so far this summer. [Thursday], the temperature is supposed to be 92. It's supposed to feel like 102," said Onslow County Senior Services Director Christine Kinnett.
The heat can be rough on all of us, but it can be especially rough for our senior citizens. That's why Operation Fan Heat Relief has been implemented by Onslow County Senior Services.
"The fans help them obviously to stay cool and provide them a little bit of relief. We're trying to prevent heat stroke," Kinnett said.
Onslow County has the ninth highest senior citizen population, according to Kinnett. Because of this, there is a high number of seniors needing fans to survive the summer months.
"In order to make sure that we take care of our seniors, any assistance from the community is always appreciated," adds Kinnett.
Onslow County Senior Services will take any kind of fan donation.
Kinnett said you can also help by checking in with any senior neighbors you have-- make sure their air conditioner is working, that they have fans, and that their home has adequate ventilation.
You can drop off a fan at Onslow County Senior Services at 4024 Richlands Highway in Jacksonville.