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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – Ameren Missouri announces its donating $2.4 million to help the needy pay their air conditioner bills, as the economy sputters and the demand for help is rising.

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Senior Vice President of Customer Operations for Ameren Missouri Richard Marks says he’s seen an increase in the number of people behind in their electric bills.

“And we feel that this is one right now that is very timely because of the weather,  because of the economy people are struggling,  and if we can help them pay their bills, it’ll help make it through this difficult time,” Marks said.

Working with Ameren to process the applications for help,  the Salvation Army also reports a spike in requests for assistance,  because of the New Year’s Eve and Good Friday tornadoes.

“Right now, it’s historic because of what has taken place,” said Salvation Army Major Lonneal Richardson, “You have already a down economy.   Many have been unemployed for twelve months or greater.   And we’re literally assisting thousands of individuals right now.”

The money Ameren is donating will be distributed through some 40 local agencies that help the needy.    To apply,  contact the United Way or The Salvation Army.

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