Energy Care Donates Air-Conditioners To Area Families

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HAZELWOOD, MO (KPLR)-- Fifty-three window air-conditioning units are now on their way to area families. The senior vice president of a bank is loading them up for delivery in his shirt and tie in these triple-digit temps.

"This is something we do every year.  It seems like every year, we do it on the hottest day of the year.  So, you can look forward to mild weather from here on out."

First Bank's Ed Furman hoped humor will get him through loading dozens of window units into a cargo van in record-breaking heat.   His staff does the same for energy care's Dennis Kelley.  The agency`s executive director has already been helping over a hundred families, just since May.

"There`s probably 2 to 3 times that many families that are calling us today," he laughed, nervously.  "Brick buildings, flat, black roofs, windows that are nailed and painted shut.  They`re really like convection ovens in a sense."

On the hottest day of the year, Kelley said he loves working with Furman because he doesn`t just give money.  The bank manager gives sweat equity.

"Then on a day like today," Kelley explained.  "Or in January with electric blankets, when it`s freezing -- he`ll be the first one here and they`re bringing ac`s out and he`ll help me load."

Furman said he has personally saw Energy Care volunteers stay in sweltering houses until they knew clients are safe.

"They don`t just hand the air conditioner out. They do a needs assessment. They help winterize the houses."

Winter seems far off on this dangerously hot day.  But both men say they look forward to doing this all over again with blankets on a dangerously cold one.

If you need an air conditioner, or want to donate or volunteer, call (314) 773-5900.

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