By Elizabeth Matthews
St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - NewsChannel 5 shared a story one week ago about a 70-year-old woman who could not afford an air conditioning unit and was living with COPD, a chronic lung disease. The Urban League of Greater St. Louis came to her aid with an AC unit, but now someone is helping with the bill.
With the scorching temperatures, most electric bills are skyrocketing and some people aren't even turning on their AC units because it will cost too much. That was the fear of Doris Jennings, until a stranger came to her rescue.
"He called me the next day and asked me 'Am I the lady that was on TV?' and I said yes and he said he would like to send me a check to help pay my electric," said Jennings.
She went from no air conditioning to a new window unit and her bill paid.
"I just wanted to help, I just felt like I'm fortunate enough to have the ability to do that to someone that is in need," said Robert Bruggeman, who called Doris because he felt a connection to her. "My wife had COPD for about 4-5 years, which tuned into Emphysema the last 2 1/2 years and she passed away March 31st."
Bruggeman's wife suffered with everyday chores during the summer because she couldn't breathe and now he is worried about Doris. She said she can't wait to meet her knight in shining armor.
"That there's still some good people out here," she said.
Bruggeman said they will meet and he will continue to help Doris as much as he can and his wife is his inspiration.
"(My wife) would be proud of me," he said.
The City of St. Louis still has utility assistance available. The head of the Department of Human Services says they have enough money to help another 500 to 600 families, but you need to apply before July 13. You can call 211 for more information.
Ameren Missouri offers aid to those having trouble paying their bills. Call Ameren at 800-552-7583at orvisit their website.