ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – With the temperatures rising, a St. Louis tradition is trying to keep people safe from our dangerous summer heat.
The ‘Cool Down St. Louis’ charity kicked off its summer program today by joining forces with Ameren Missouri at Ameren`s downtown headquarters.
The utility donated 240 window AC units to ‘Cool Down’ and the agencies that it supports. Mayor Slay and County Executive Dooley were among those who helped load up the units.
Cool Down`s Chairwoman says the key is to prepare for the heat before it hits. “We are absolutely trying to beat the heat. You know as well as we all know that tomorrow could be 100 degrees and then we could go for days and days and so we`re trying as quickly as we can to get air conditioners in the homes of those who really need them and have them turned on now,” said ‘Cool Down`s’ Chairwoman Melanie DiLeo.
Michael Moehn with Ameren Missouri added about the donated Ameren units, “All of these units go to people who can`t have existing units, so these are for families that don`t have any access to air conditioning today.”
Cool Down officials are asking people to donate so they can help as many in need as possible including the elderly and disabled.