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Cool Down St. Louis Plans to Help Needy Flood Victims With A One-time Electric Utility Grant and Area Regional Leaders Feted For Supporting  Area Energy Assistance Projects  
 
On Tuesday, June 24, the all-volunteer, board of directors of Heat-Up St. Louis announced that it had raised almost $1 million in donations from this past winter heating season.  It also announced that it would help area needy, senior and disabled Missouri and Illinois flood victims living within the greater St. Louis metropolitan, as a priority, while cash is available, if their homes were liveable, noting that their over-all financial struggles would be a tremendous pressure on the head of the household. 
 
Cool Down St. Louis, the summer program would provide a one-time electric utility grant while cash is available. Those qualified elderly, disabled and needy household flood victims should call 314-241-7668. The summer charity is requesting that additional donations come from the general public and area corporations via www.cooldownstlouis.org or by sending tax-deductible checks to Cool Down St. Louis c/o UMB Bank, P.O. Box 868, St. Louis, MO 63188.
 
Also area regional leaders were lauded for their various financial and/or advocacy support while helping needy people throughout the summer and winter months. Those receiving the Heat-up St. Louis Foundation awards included, St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay, Missouri Governor Matt Blunt, Missouri State Senator Maida Coleman, St. Louis Fire Chief Sherman George (Ret.), St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, Aldermanic President Lewis Reed, St. Louis Comptroller Darlene Green, AmerenUE's, Hardee's and Enterprise Rent-A-Car. 
 
The charity is also encouraging the general public to take advantage of the new Missouri hot weather rule, by negotiating with the utility company in advance, which was never done necessarily when there wasn't recent legislation sponsored by MO State Senator Maida Coleman. Since its inception Cool Down and Heat-Up have raised more than $4 million in total donations.
 
The month of July, 2008 will also be named Francis G. Slay Good Samaritan Month in the City of St. Louis and State of Missouri, a surprise to Slay for his Administration's commitment to advocating and financially supporting those in need of heating and cooling. Missouri Lt Governor Peter Kinder, acting Governor signed a special proclamation for Slay, as did several Heat-Up St. Louis officials.
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