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Cool Down St. Louis

As heat returns, illnesses become greater threat
By Bryce Chapman
Staff writer North County Journals

The scorching sun pounded down last week on an aging brick home in North St. Louis. Stifling humidity and 90-plus degree heat flooded every room of the un-air-conditioned flat. Despite the conditions, 90-year-old Mary Miller quietly sat in the home’s sweltering living room, her bones aching from the severe arthritis she has dealt with for years. “It burns you up in here,” said Hatie Hughs, Miller’s daughter and caretaker, who also lives in the house. “With these brick buildings, it’s just too hot to live in here.”

To many area residents, the balmy summer months are a carefree time of vacations and leisure activities. But to those who live without any sort of cooling, particularly senior citizens and those suffering from illness, summer is anything but a walk in the park. ...Read more

Cool Down St. Louis
Cool Down St. Louis’ main objective in the summer is to build awareness in avoiding heat-related illnesses and deaths, especially among the elderly and disabled, and needy families with small critically-ill children. The electronic and print media is engaged in this effort with critical public service messages through a campaign called "Check on Your Neighbors". In this campaign, people are asked to check on their elderly and disabled neighbors by calling or visiting them daily, and are also encouraged to call the Cool Down hotline to find out more about cooling assistance. The Hotline is currently closed and resumes in June, 2005.  We received more than 3,000 calls,and provided assistance to as many of them as possible with cooling grants to restore electric bills. Needy families with small critically-ill children are also considered at-risk during the summer. Cool Down also provides new and used-working air-conditioners.  Air-conditioners must be no less than 2-3 years old. We accept air-conditioners year-round.  You can drop off or have it picked-up.  If you need assistance in Missouri or Illinois call our Resource Hotline, Monday through Friday, during regular volunteer business hours call 314-241-7668.  Leave a message if a volunteer is assisting another party.  If you call about cooling assistance during September 24 through June 10, your call will not be returned.  Cool Down St. Louis can not do referrals over the internet, you must call. The winter program, Heat-Up St. Louis begins in November and goes through May 31, 2005.

Hullabaloo Wholesale
Still Want a Hat or Cap
and donate to our cause?
Hats and caps may still be purchased in bulk by calling Hullabaloo Wholesale at 314-241-1969 and ask for Donna Knotts at extention 13. We'll receive 25% of the net proceeds. Thank you for your contribution.

Beginning in April 2001, a series of hat sales, called the "Emergency Summer Hat Festivals", were conducted, first at the McGowan Building on Washington Avenue, and then later on at a retail shop in the Central West End. In conjunction with the hat sales, a PSA with St. Louis Cardinal pitcher Darryl Kile and Cool Down St. Louis campaign chairman Reverend Earl E. Nance, Jr., was produced by KPLR WB 11 and ran on that station as well as KTVI Fox2, and KDNL ABC 30 throughout the summer. The McGowan Brothers and real estate and media mogul Edward J. Koplar donated the stores.

The first hat sale on April 21 and 22 was the FOX 2/Y-98 FM Be Cool, Stay Cool Hat Sale and raised more than $10,000. Other special hat sales included the KEZK/Cool Down St. Louis Fall Charity Blow-Out Sale and the Back to School $5 Blow-Out Charity Hat Sale.

Cool Down St. Louis Collection Weekend

Cool Down St. Louis Collection Weekend At Busch is scheduled for Friday thru Sunday until game time the weekend of June 6,7, and 8. This fundraiser is supported by the goodwill of the St. Louis Cardinals, and this year's honorary chairperson is Cardinals first baseman Tino Martinez, who is our summer campaign chairperson. Employees from Citimortgage, Nova Business Systems, Hardee's, and members of the media will be wearing special T-shirts and are scheduled to shake their cans in front of all eight gates at Busch Stadium by taking donations from Cardinal fans -- rain or shine! Hardee's restaurants in Busch stadium only will donate the entire $2.50 from the purchase of fries on Friday thru Sunday to Cool Down St. Louis. Also UMB Bank customers can drop off their donations to Cool Down St. Louis on Friday, at all 19 bank locations.

Cool Down St. Louis also received special tax-deductible donation

Cool Down St. Louis, Street By Street: Area civic, political, fire and health officials often join Cool Down St. Louis officials for house rounds to check on the elderly, disabled and needy households without air-conditioners. This is our "Be A Good Neighbor, Check On Your Neighbor," outreach program. We encourage area religious congregations of all faiths also to do their own visits as often as they can during the hot St. Louis summer months. The City of St. Louis takes the regional leadership role to check on their neighbors in partnership with Cool Down St. Louis, a regional not-for-profit energy assistance charity. Here (left to right) an unidentifiable North St. Louis resident is given a donated Lowe's air-conditioner with the help of St. Louis Fire Chief Sherman George, St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay and Cool Down Chair Melanie McVay DiLeo.

Cool Down St. Louis also received special tax-deductible donation

Rain, or shine, bi-state social service and community action agency representatives and board members are planning to obtain at least $15,000 in donations for all-three days from the generosity of the Cardinals fans. Drop on by. Can't make it? Go to our Donation page. Thanks!

Cool Down St. Louis also received special tax-deductible donations from Hardee’s and the Koplar Foundation of $2,500 each. The total amount raised for the summer program was more than $30,000.

The proceeds were allocated to the following social service and community action agencies:

Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis 27.1%
STEP, Inc. 27.1%
Northeast Community Action Agency 14.4%
Urban League of Madison County 9.4%
Catholic Urban Programs of Southern Illinois 9.0%
Catholic Community Services 4.7%
Loving Hearts 4.7%
East Missouri Action Agency 3.6%
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