ST. LOUIS, MO (KMOX)-The first day of winter brings word of a couple of big donations to help people stay warm, and a warning to be careful with how you heat your home.
Engineering consulting firm CH2M Hill is donating $5,000 and Peabody Coal is donating $10,000 to help Heat-Up St. Louis provide emergency assistance and educate people about the dangers of unsafe heating methods.
Heat-Up St. Louis Chairman Emeritus, the Rev. Earl Nance, says today’s donations can help about 105 needy people in 15 Missouri and Illinois Counties.
Nance is also warning about the dangers of using unsafe means to stay warm, “When people have a problem with their heating bill or have their heat turned off, or they don’t want to use any more heat to keep their bill down, they’ll turn to barbecue pits, to space heaters, to dangerous ways of heating to stay warm. We not only want people to be warm, but we want them to be safe.”
Nance says requests for help are very high so far this season, “Our (resource hotline) 314 -241-7668 number just blew up, so much to the point that we had to reinstitute the line. The calls are coming in almost from day one.
“People are really making decisions between heating and eating. People who have donated to us in the past are now unemployed and they’re having a problem paying their heating bills. They have seniors in their families. They have young children with disabilities. It’s important, as St. Louis has always done, to step up and give a much as possible to help us help as many people as possible.”
To help go to: http://www.heatupstlouis.org/
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