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Non-profit lending helping hand in heat

Posted at 5:45 PM, Jul 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-18 19:38:45-04

Few people were out at playgrounds and parks as the temperature rises.

EMSA issued a medical heat alert, and in these kinds of conditions it can be dangerous for you- your kids and your pets- but its especially dangerous for those living on the streets.

With extreme weather conditions, like the dangerous heat we're seeing this week, it's hard to turn a blind eye to those experiencing homelesses.

You may have wondered -- how can I help?

Today, we found out.

Sarah Grounds is the Executive Director of City Lights, which is a non-profit that helps people living on the street get the things they need.

She acknowledges that some people may not be comfortable reaching out.

"Regardless on where you stand on panhandling, we know that when we see another human being standing on the corner in this heat that we have an opportunity," said Grounds. "And so when we give even just a bottle of water then that also is a life sustaining gift but it also is a gift that gives them hope."

These small snack packs and water bottles- can also be the difference between surviving and a visit to the emergency room.

"It's not super expensive and it would be a great project for you with your family or with your kids," said Grounds.

Grounds says if you don't feel safe reaching out to someone you see living on the street- call her organization.

City Lights check on people, and get them to things they might need. If you see someone suffering from heatstroke, call 911.

For heat exhaustion -- health officials say watch out for headaches, weakness, and cold pale skin.

For a heat stroke -- someone may become unconscious, have hot, red skin, and have a body temperature of 103 degrees or higher.

If you'd like to become a volunteer, click here.

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