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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - It’s no surprise, but it is official: St. Louis has endured the hottest July in recorded history. And that is taking a toll on one South St. Louis local charity which provides utility assistance.

Sister Mary Ann Nestel runs the Carondelet Community Betterment  Federation, an agency that provides social services to a large South Saint Louis neighborhood.

“We don’t have any money for utilities, we are totally out of money,” Nestel said. “We get phone calls, quite a few every single day, but we also have a tremendous need for food. So food and utilities is our major concern.”

Carondelet Community Betterment Federation desperately needs foods high in protein, such as chicken and canned goods. The center is located at 6408 Michigan.

Sister Mary Ann says the food drive continues this evening at Reds Eighth Inning Bar and tomorrow, at the Carondelet Community Betterment Federation.

“We work with the working poor,” she said. “We work with people who previously never thought they’d have to ask for help, who thought they could manage with their own resources but are finding expenses far exceed their income.”

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