Cool Down St. Louis Finding More Elderly without Air Conditioners

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The Reverend Earl Nance, of Cool Down St. Louis (KMOX/file photo)

The Reverend Earl Nance, of Cool Down St. Louis (KMOX/file photo)

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — A woman in her 80s, sweltering in a brick house on Greer Avenue without air conditioning, was discovered this week by the charity Cool Down St. Louis.

“She was on slow bake and I pray that we did save her live,” said Cool Down Chairman Emeritus, the Reverend Earl Nance Junior, “She’s more comfortable now.  I can tell you that.”

The charity, which helps the elderly and disabled cope with the heat,  gave the woman a new window air conditioner and paid her outstanding Ameren bill of $350, Nance said.

Unlike other heat waves that are broken by thunderstorms,  Nance says this summer has been different. 

“This is one of the most brutal that I’ve ever seen,” Nance said, “So many hundred-degree days in a row  and so many people that are in need of air conditioners and so many more people that have air conditioners and are not turning them on.”

The charity is still seeking donations of new or slightly-used air conditioners and financial contributions at Cooldownstlouis.org

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