The Church of Latter-Day Saints, St. Louis Stake, donated to the city of St. Louis $15,000 for the purchase and installation of 85 room air-conditioners for seniors and people with disabilities. Joining Mayor Slay in a check presentation ceremony at City Hall were David Sylvester, St. Louis Stake President, Tom Palmer, the Church's regional public relations representative and Bill Siedhoff, Director of the city's Department of Human Services.
Mayor Slay in thanking them for their contribution stated, "While this summer hasn't brought us extremely high temperatures as we had last year, we do have seniors and disabled people who were at risk on days when we had to declare excessive heat warnings. These air conditioners are essential in helping people avoid long periods of heat exposure and to provide them a cool location in their home."
The $15,000 contribution was part of a larger donation of $50,000 in commodities made from the Bishop's Storehouse of the Church. The donation was made in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the formation of the St. Louis Stake in 1958. There are currently 13,000-plus Church members in the St. Louis area.
The air-conditioners are being distributed and installed through Home Security, Inc., a local not-for-profit agency serving seniors and disabled people. For more information on air-conditioner availability, please call 314-612-5918.