Volunteers are Working to Keep Kids Cool

By Ronelle Williams | rwilliams@kq2.com

Published 07/21 2014 04:19PM

Updated 07/22 2014 11:39AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) In this sweltering heat, it's hard for anyone to keep cool.  An area program is doing what it can to help, especially for St. Joseph, children in need.  Food For Kids is going above and beyond its normal routine to help.

"Well when you're having fun the heat doesn't matter because when they come here, they know we have cool beverages to cool them off.  And we have tents and shades for them," said Food For Kids Founder Sheila Gilbert.

Precautions are always taken to be sure that kids are safe in the heat and under the sun.  This includes checking to make sure that children have the appropriate clothing on.

"When children come with no shirts on we encourage them to put the shirts on and we use a lot of sunscreen up here.  We try to make sure the children do not get burned," said Gilbert.

If a parent is in a rush but still wants their child to get a meal or a cold drink, that's never a problem.  Even if parents don't want their kids in the heat or the sun, they are still helped accordingly.

"Sometimes when it's real warm like this here, parents will drive their kids up here because we have kids that take medication and it does not go well with them in this heat," said Gilbert.

Sometimes kids aren't able to make it out to get a lunch or a cold drink but Food For Kids does their best to get it to them.

"If there's somebody that they know that should be here, and they know where they live at, they just take it out to them," said Volunteer Lavert 'Bo' Johnson.

Sheila has a water day planned for Friday.  Kids will be able to take part in all sorts of water related activities and she wants them to be ready.

"A lot of children do not have swimsuits so we provide those for the ones who are less fortunate," said Gilbert.

With all of the efforts done by Food For Kids, the community has shown their support.

"A lot of times I've seen people come up here in cargo vans or trucks and different things like that or even out of their cars, and just drop stuff off.  And to me, that's a blessing," said Johnson.

Friday's water day will take place at 9 AM on 17th and Messanie at St. Francis Baptist Temple.  Activities will inlude a dunk tank, slip and slide, and bobbing for apples.

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