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In comes the sweltering heat and on goes, for many Missourians, the air conditioner.But those who live in the Missouri Hotel, southwest Missouri’s largest homeless shelter, don’t have that luxury.On Thursday, a group of Drury University students decided to get the residents of the shelter some cool air.KSMU’s Erika Brame was at the Missouri Hotel when the students delivered fans to the homeless.
A group of Drury students in Dr. Jayne White’s class began one of their school projects in the only air conditioned room at the Missouri Hotel. White says once the students discovered that the other rooms were without A/C, they wanted to do something to help.“It just struck a chord with all of them. And they were saying we can do the family portraits but can we also raise some money for fans or could we give a few? And it was just kind of if we just do a few. And their thought was five or six would be great,” she said.
Nearly a week later, the class delivered 67 fans to give to the Missouri Hotel.Latoya Wren moved into the hotel Monday night as a resident.She’s four months pregnant and has never been homeless before.Wren says she’s grateful for the students’ thoughtfulness.
“I’m ecstatic; I’m still kind of trying to get over it,” she said.
White says the Missouri Hotel can’t install an air conditioning system since the building is so old.But she added it always welcomes more fans.For KSMU News, I’m Erika Brame.