ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – It’s been a hot June in St. Louis , but public assistance groups and first-responders are gearing up for an even hotter July and August.

Ameren-Missouri presented the local non-profit Cool Down St. Louis with a $50,000 check at the group’s annual business meeting, Friday. The money and air conditioners the utility donates are for low-income and disabled members of the community.

Ameren’s Brian Leonard recently went on an installation call, “You have to feel good, because you walk out of there and feel that cool air going into the home, see the smile on the lady’s face, and see the temperature starting to drop down from 100-degrees in the home, you know there won’t be a heat-related illness or death in that home.”

Vatterott College also cut a large check, recently— five-thousand dollars — to Heat Up-Cool Down St. Louis.

Officials with the charity say area businesses and individuals donated more than 1.2 million dollars during last year’s heating and cooling seasons.

“We had a series of cold snaps. We were receiving tens of thousands of phone calls from people in need last February. It was truly amazing. We shattered records. The need is just getting greater and greater every year,” says board president Lance LeComb.

KMOX Newsradio 1120 received one of the non-profit’s annual “Community Leadership Awards” at the meeting for its commitment to providing news, weather, and public service coverage during 2012’s weather extreme seasons.

Visit the website for this summer’s assistance program guidelines.


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