ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)–With the National Weather Service predicting it could be a record hot year, the charity Cool Down St. Louis honors community leaders for their help making sure the elderly and disabled stay cool.
During a luncheon at the Jewel Box in Forest Park, Ameren President and CEO Tom Voss was thanked for the utility’s commitment to giving away free air conditioners and for helping those in need pay their utility bills.
“I think to date we’ve given out 2,800 air conditioners,” Voss said, “in addition to some money to help support the organization. Part of our corporate culture is to give back to the community, and we think that’s important.”
Also honored for his work in the field with sweltering residents, St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson.
“The twelve units that are on the street, they keep their eyes open for any potential victims,” Jenkerson said, “The seniors, the disabled, to make sure that they’re safe. We do neighborhood checks with the fire trucks just to make sure everybody’s safe.”
Receiving the charity’s highest honor, the Founders Community Leadership award, the Reverend Earl Nance Jr. was thanked for his years of help with fund raising and knocking on doors on hot summer days to check on residents who might be trying to get by with the air conditioner off.
Nance received a Lazarus-is-back ovation from the crowd, after his recent near fatal heart attack.
Also honored was KMOX Radio for its years of service broadcasting the fund raising efforts and neighborhood outreach of Cool Down/Heat Up St. Louis.
Anyone wishing to donate to Cool Down St. Louis may do so by logging onto www.cooldownstlouis.org. Checks may also be sent to UMB Bank, P.O. Box 868, St. Louis, Mo 63188, or call 241-7668.