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DSS Opens Lobby to Public On Heat Advisory Days

May 28, 2019

The Cumberland County Department of Social Services will open an auxiliary lobby to members of the public on days when the heat index reaches 100 degrees and a heat advisory is issued. The effort provides relief for citizens who have no other way to escape the high summer temperatures. The DSS building is at 1225 Ramsey St. The lobby areas will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The National Weather Service in Raleigh forecasts temperatures will reach the middle and upper 90s with heat index values up to around 100 degrees most days this week.

Fan Donations Needed

Social Services is also seeking box fans to distribute to eligible citizens through the Fan Giveaway Program. DSS is accepting donations of new box fans from civic organizations, churches, businesses and individuals in the community. Fans can be delivered to the DSS building between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Residents eligible for the Fan Giveaway Program are those whose income falls below 200 percent of the current poverty level and who have a family member in the home under the age of 2, over the age of 60, or with a heat sensitive medical condition.

Call 910-677-2536 for more information about donating fans to DSS.