The City of Wilmington is giving out free fans to help seniors through this week of Excessive Heat Warnings.
City residents over the age of 65 can pick up free fans from the Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services on the third floor of the Louis L. Redding City/County Building on N. French Street.
The program is several years old, and distributes about a hundred fans per summer, says Jennifer Prado, director of the Office of Constituent Services.
“We always have them available but it’s typically about the beginning of July when the weather gets really, really hot, then it kind of dwindles down once September, October hits,” she said.
Prado says the Office of Constituent Services is available to help residents year round.
“We’re basically here to help guide you through not only city services but we can also give you referrals and things like that to other agencies. We can tell you where to go if you need rental assistance,” she said. “If you need help with electric bills—and things like that.”
Residents should bring some form of ID to prove they’re over 65 and live within Wilmington city limits. No appointments are necessary.
Residents who can’t get to the Office can send someone else to pick up the fan, as long as that person brings an ID for the fan recipient.