Several honored at Heat Up and Cool Down St. Louis meeting

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)- An important thread in the fabric of our community keeps people cool during the summer and warm during the winter.

“All of the money that is donated actually goes to people that need help,” said St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay.

Heat Up and Cool Down St. Louis has been around for more than a decade. And in that time it’s served so many people in need.

Chairman Rev. Earl Nance, Jr. said, “We’ve served over a million people and we’ve raised over $15 million over the 15 years that we’ve served metropolitan St. Louis to Illinois.”

“Fifteen years ago, our county neighbors have also lead the way in volunteering and giving various levels of donations that have stretched beyond St. Louis County boundaries. And that’s remarkable, truly because needs have no boundaries,” stated St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger.

Friday afternoon, several people were honored for their devotion to this special organization, including Annette Bligh. She’s devoted countless hours of her time. She was overwhelmed when she received the award for volunteer of the year.

“I’m really honored to get this. It’s a surprise. Without Heat Up St. Louis I don’t know if we could do our job,” she said in tears.

FOX 2 and KPLR 11 is proud that our own leader was recognized for all his efforts.

“We do what we do because we love it. But most importantly I think it’s local. To be able to see this happening locally and see the impact of what everybody does is so important,” explained Spencer Koch, VP & GM of FOX 2/KPLR 11. “During the hot times, we’ve been able to procure a lot of air-conditioners, a lot of help for people in need. And during the winter when it needs to be warmed up we’ve been able to find the proper facilities to put them into and take of them and pay some bills that need to be paid.”

It appears the sky is the limit for Heat Up and Cool Down St. Louis. If you want to help click here.

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