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Programs Offer Seniors Relief From the Heat

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DURHAM — Some elderly people without air conditioning are cooling off Tuesday, thanks to a group of good samaritans. Project Fan:There are at least 90 fans stacked up in the "Project Fan" office at the Durham Council for Senior Citizens. Last year at this time, all the fans were already gone, in the homes of seniors trying to beat the heat.

Duke Power bought many of the fans. The council will also accept donations from anyone who wants to drop off a fan.

Anyone over 60 who is a Durham County resident can stop by to pick up a fan, and a trickle of people did Wednesday.

The office is located at the corner of Morehead Avenue and South Duke Street. The non-profit agency will also deliver fans to people who cannot get to the office.

For more information, call (919) 688-8247. Operation Fan Relief:The Helping Hand Mission of Raleigh has also been distributing fans and air conditioners. However, they recently ran out. Nearly 50 people are on a waiting list.

If you have a new or used fan or air conditioner you would like to donate, you can drop it off at 623 Rock Quarry Road or 501 New Bern Avenue.

For more information, call (919) 829-8048.