RSVP Senior Fair set for May

Organizers still seeking exhibitors

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The Harnett County Division on Aging is celebrating a quarter-century partnership with the Harnett County Retired Senior Volunteer Program during the RSVP Senior Fair.

This year’s theme is “Finding Silver Linings with RSVP,” according to LeAnn Blackmon, RSVP coordinator and Medicare coordinator for the division on aging. She said each year, the program has grown and has seen as many as 250 seniors attend. The senior fair is planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 9 at the Dunn Community Center.

“The senior fair was designed to promote a day of education, fun and fellowship for the senior citizens in Harnett County,” she said. “Over the past 25 years it has become a day seniors enjoy and look forward to attending.”

More than 30 exhibitors are slated to be on hand with information on everything from nursing and rehabilitation facilities to medical supply companies to dental and insurance.

Businesses can sign up for an exhibitor booth by emailing Blackmon at lblackmon@harnett.org or calling her at 910-814-6071.

Businesses cannot sell anything, including raffle tickets, during the senior fair.

“So far we have 30 vendors signed up and are hopeful a few more will join us, too,” Blackmon said. “Vendors are encouraged to bring products to demonstrate and information about their services and programs to share with the seniors who visit the exhibits.”

One of the highlights for this year’s event is the inclusion of a shredding truck. The N.C. Department of Insurance Senior Medicare Program is providing an opportunity for seniors to shred documents they no longer need.

“This year we have a commercial shred truck coming from Raleigh to provide free shredding for the seniors,” Blackmon said. “Seniors are encouraged to bring old bank statements, insurance documents and any other papers they’d like to shred. This truck is being sponsored by the N.C. Department of Insurance as a means to bring awareness to fraud through the Senior Medicare Patrol program there.”

In addition to the shredding, there will also be several health screenings available as well as door prizes and exhibitor giveaways.

“There will be door prizes, a free hot dog lunch provided by Carolina Packers of Smithfield and served by the Coats Kiwanis Club along with lots of freebies from the vendors,” Blackmon said. “There will be lots to do and learn and we’d like to remind all seniors to come out and take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about the services and programs offered in Harnett County.”

Blackmon said there is one more opportunity available to seniors, in addition to getting all the latest information at the senior fair.

Blackmon, who is the director of the RSVP Program in Harnett County, said the organization is always looking for senior volunteers.

“If anyone would like more information about becoming a RSVP volunteer or about Medicare, they can contact me at the above mentioned number or send me an email and I will be happy to help them,” she said.

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